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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

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Joyce Vincent
Alix Luka-Cain ...
Young Joyce
Alistair Abrahams ...
Himself
Mandy Allen ...
Herself
Prue Almond ...
Herself
Kim Bacon ...
Herself
Daniel Roberts ...
Himself
William Barthorpe ...
Himself
Alison Campsie ...
Herself
Catherine Clarke ...
Herself
Michael Davies ...
Himself
Alton Edwards ...
Himself
Jerome Everette ...
Himself
Lynne Featherstone ...
Herself (as Lynne Featherstone MP)
David Gibbs ...
Himself
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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

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$3,085 (USA) (3 August 2012)

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When the police forensics team begin looking around Joyce's flat, at one point her television is seen, on top of which is a statue of a women, appearing to be made of wood. Later on in the film, when Joyce's friends begin discussing her mother, they speak over a flashback of her mother and Joyce as a young girl, the same statue can be seen on a mantelpiece in the background. See more »

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Ambition
Performed by Iggy Pop
Written by Glen Matlock
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Published by Warner / Chappell Music Limited
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Could have been so much more
24 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DREAMS OF A LIFE is a feature length 2011 docu-drama by filmmaker Carol Morley that tells the true story of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman who died in her flat in London around 2003 and wasn't found until more than three years later. The story itself is a great one, one of the most tragic tales you could imagine and a true reflection on the careless nature of modern society, but DREAMS OF A LIFE drops the ball along the way.

Morley messes up by focusing way too much on recreating Vincent's brief life as a celebration instead of really getting to the heart of the manner of her death. After all, it's the unusual circumstances surrounding the death that makes this such a good story, but we learn next to nothing about it. Just how could somebody die in the heart of a heaving metropolis, with the TV on no less, and nobody realise for three years?

Instead, there are endless bite-sized interviews with friends who knew here, and a good half an hour of excruciating singing as Morley explores Vincent's passion for music. All of this needed to be jettisoned and replaced with an investigative journalist doing a voice-over and exploring the mysteries that remain unsolved to date.


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