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Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Drama | 3 August 2012 (USA)
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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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Carol Morley

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Carol Morley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zawe Ashton ... Joyce Vincent
Alix Luka-Cain Alix Luka-Cain ... Young Joyce
Alistair Abrahams Alistair Abrahams ... Himself
Mandy Allen Mandy Allen ... Herself
Prue Almond Prue Almond ... Herself
Kim Bacon Kim Bacon ... Herself
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Himself
William Barthorpe William Barthorpe ... Himself
Alison Campsie Alison Campsie ... Herself
Catherine Clarke Catherine Clarke ... Herself
Michael Davies Michael Davies ... Himself
Alton Edwards Alton Edwards ... Himself
Jerome Everette Jerome Everette ... Himself
Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone ... Herself (as Lynne Featherstone MP)
David Gibbs 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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UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oneira mias zois See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,085, 5 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,595, 12 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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Alistair Abrahams: Everyone has their secrets, she just seemed to have more than most.
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Written & Performed by Alice Temple
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Life & Death
2 November 2011 | by elysium786See all my reviews

I can't remember which poet said it now, but when questioned on why we create art he responded, "to make our living and dying important again, and the living and dying of others." By this measure, Dreams of a Life is an artistic triumph; it does exactly that. If Carol Morley had not re-invented herself as a private detective who would know about Joyce Vincent's story now? The tenacity and iron will it must have taken to get this project off the ground is evident in the care with which this film has been made. Not only in terms of what it draws out of the people who knew Joyce, but also in the skilled reconstructions and outstanding performances from the cast.

The film is fresh and offers something new to the genre with its blurring of documentary and drama. There are moments in the film to make your heart break but as much as anything the film is a celebration and a remembrance of a life lived.


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