MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,323 this week

Dreams of a Life (2011)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 2,049 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 25 user | 67 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 28 Dec 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Nov 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dreams of a Life" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dreams of a Life (2011)

Dreams of a Life (2011) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dreams of a Life.

User Polls

7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Falling (2014)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh
Flinch (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Paula, her son Carl, and his estranged partner Emily, join family members to mark the birthday of their missing son. As Carl fights to convince Emily to come home, new information comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Bacon
Stars: Annie Aldington, Zawe Ashton, Jamie Beamish
Fresh Meat (TV Series 2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon
Cropsey (2009)
Documentary | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman
Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis
The Bridge I (2006)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel
Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla
Talhotblond: (2009)
Documentary | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Schroeder
Stars: Steve Clement, Thomas Montgomery, Ken Case
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Stella Grundy, Douglas Hart, Dave Haslam
Edge (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A hotel. A cliff. Six lost people, looking for something, or looking to lose themselves.

Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Maxine Peake, Marjorie Yates, Joe Dempsie
Not Safe for Work (TV Series 2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Katherine is a civil servant working on strategies to help immigrants. When public sector cuts force her to move from London to a satellite office in Northampton, she soon finds that she too feels like a stranger in a strange land.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Anastasia Hille, Tom Weston-Jones
Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Melanie Beckley, Miranda Colmans, Maxine Peake
Happy Toys (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Stella's day job is to inhabit an adult bear costume and become Happy Bear, the shopfront mascot for toy store 'Happy Toys'. The humdrum of the working day is punctured when Stella's father... See full summary »

Director: Zawe Ashton
Stars: Amy Allen, Frances Barber, Imogen Doel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oneira mias zois  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$6,595 (USA) (10 August 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

I Just Wanna
Performed by Alton Edwards
Written by Chris Cameron and Alton Edwards
Courtesy of Daisy Records
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I was reading ideas on how the electric bill and rent may have been paid venus974
Christmas presents smoking_cyclist
US Release? chilaili
DVD? SueBee55
I don't know what was more upsetting... rkelman
Was it the actual bedsit? - and other questions. testacorsa
Discuss Dreams of a Life (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?