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Dreams of a life

Would anyone miss you?

Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, slumped on the sofa in the light of the TV set, surrounded by half wrapped Christmas presents.

Newspaper reports offered few details of her life– not even a photograph. To this day, it’s unclear whether she succumbed to illness or suicide, but the lonely mystery of her passing prompted filmmaker Carol Morley to track down those who knew her.

This piercing film offers us the true story of an ill-fated modern-day Eleanor Rigby, interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, which not only gives us portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties— the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Directed by Carol Morley (The Alcohol Years) and featuring actress Zawe Ashton in the lead role, ‘Dreams of a life’ was produced by James Mitchell and Cairo Cannon, and co- produced by Rachel Lysaght.

Ken Galvin completed the Sound Mix for the film here at Screen Scene.