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Dreams of a Life


Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003.


Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life — not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait on London in the eighties — the city, music and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Writer: Carol Morley

Director: Carol Morley

Stars: Zawe Ashton

DOP: Mary Farbrother, Lynda Hall

Sound: Robert Flanagan

Editor: Chris Wyatt

Year: 2011

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