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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.

Director:

Carol Morley

Writer:

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 »

Quotes

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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thought provoking
2 September 2013 | by sophiacitingSee all my reviews

If you are the type of person who is interested in peoples lives this is your film to watch, of course this way is not everyone is but don't let bad reviews put you off.My eyes never left the screen, I found it immensely interesting and quite sad. I feel it is really important for this film to have been made, simply for the fact that because of this film she did not disappear and even though she died alone she didn't live her life in vain. My feeling after watching the film was that in a sense we could all gain perspective - That is how vivid all of our lives are if only we can see it... Joyce may have never known how much people cared but the fact is they had, and what we must remember is there is always someone willing to help, there is always a chance. It seems she had many, for example seeing her old housemate randomly on the street - it could have been a chance to get help - This film is simply a quest to bring back some dignity and life for someone that could have just disappeared off the face of the earth. Now she is in so many peoples memories and I find that quite a noble quest.


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Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,085, 5 August 2012

Gross USA:

$8,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,898
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