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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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Fakin' Moves
Performed by Betty Wright
Written by Betty Wright (as Regina Bessie Norris) and E Merriwether
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Published by Miami Spice Publishing
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Your life is your life, know it while you have it
2 November 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

So wrote Charles Bukowski, not knowing his words would end up selling Levis. That's another story. This story, Dreams of a Life, is a compelling and brilliant documentary. The performances are superb,particularly from Zawe Ashton and Alix Luka-Cain. The film stayed with me a long time after the curtains closed. All of the characters are so interesting that the film does give proof to the credo, 'you couldn't make it up'. Why would you need to with a story as powerful and bizarre and thought-provoking as this? Who are we? What are we? How do we come to be and equally, how to we come to be remembered. What is memory? What is re-memory? As well as these deep questions about the self the film also seeks to ask (without bitterness or blame) - how can this happen? What does it say about society that people can fall through the cracks and disappear? I highly recommend Dreams of a Life, it is a labour of love and this shows in the attention to detail it gives to the people and events that come together to tell this story with such power and such care.


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