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

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Alistair Abrahams: Everyone has their secrets, she just seemed to have more than most.
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Soundtracks

The Things That Dreams Are Made of
Performed by The Human League
Written by Phil Oakey (as Philip Oakey) and Philip Adrian Wright (as Philip Wright)
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd
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Your life is your life, know it while you have it
2 November 2011 | by xah_rasulSee 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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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreams of a Life See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,085, 5 August 2012

Gross USA:

$8,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,898
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