Desert Hearts director Donna Deitch is appearing at the DIVA Literary Festival

The legendary filmmaker will show her iconic movie and take part in a Q & A with The L Word's Rachel Shelley.


Desert Hearts


We are thrilled to announce that the awesome filmmaker Donna Deitch will be appearing at the inaugural DIVA Literary Festival in November.


Deitch is the woman behind one of the most beloved and important lesbian films of all time, Desert Hearts. This heartwarming love story between reserved English professor Vivian Bell (played by Helen Shaver) and feisty younger woman Cay Rivers (played by Patricia Charbonneau) was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "startlingly intimate and unabashedly erotic - a remarkably self-assured landmark film". It won a slew of awards following its release in 1985 and has since become a firm fan favourite.


Not only will Deitch be showing her cinematic classic at the festival, she’ll also be taking part in an in-depth Q and A with star of The L Word and Radio DIVA's roving reporter, Rachel Shelley.


The groundbreaking director can’t wait for this exciting event and told us she's:


"Delighted to be attending and looking forward to screening the restored Desert Hearts at the DIVA Literary Festival!"


DIVA publisher and Desert Hearts superfan Linda Riley commented:


"I am simply delighted that Donna Deitch, director of timeless classic Desert Hearts, will be at the DIVA Literary Festival, as will her partner Terri Jentz, who will be discussing her book, the award-winning true crime memoir Stranger Piece Of Paradise. In my opinion, Desert Hearts was, and still is, the best lesbian film ever made."


And did you know that Deitch is currently working on a sequel to Desert Hearts along with an adaptation of Stranger Piece Of Paradise? We can't wait for either and look forward to hearing about all her projects at the DIVA Literary Festival. But in the meantime, let's have a little reminder of the one and only Desert Hearts.


"DESERT HEARTS" (1986) clip: in the rain from Donna Deitch on Vimeo.


To see Desert Hearts at the exclusive screening and watch the live interview between director Donna Deitch and actor Rachel Shelley, make sure you book your tickets for the DIVA Literary Festival now.


The DIVA Literary Festival takes place Friday 3 – Sunday 5 November at the Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham. For more info visit:



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