Dreams of a Life

Synopsis: 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(s): Carol Morley
Production: Strand Releasing
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

we had about Joyce,

'although it was quite limited,

'it just seemed strange

and highly unusual

'that there was no one there for her.'

It's just tragic.

You know, and the fact

that she was left all alone.

They said it's 2003

when she died, yeah?

And then this is '06. Wow!

"Probably died of natural causes."

"The only way she could be identified

"was by comparing dental records

"with a holiday photo of her smiling."


Flies and a smell and nobody noticed.

"Skeleton of Joyce

found on the sofa with telly still on."

There's not even a picture

of her in there.

It's surprising they didn't put

a photo of her in the paper

because that would be one reason

to have the article in there.

There was nothing there

that would give it away.

You know, just the name Joyce,

"skeleton of Joyce".

I mean, that could be anyone.

Her bed-sit looks like a hovel as well,

doesn't it?

Have you been to the bed-sit?

Is it as shitty as it looks?

It's bad enough reaching 40,

let alone being 40 and alone.

It's awful, shocking!

It was so horrendous, you know,

that she was left,

found in front of her television

that was still on for so many years,

and nobody knows this.

Yeah, just gained access.

No, it's horrible. It's annoying.

Can't believe it.

Just to be sad and...

I think it was an MP

who was absolutely disgusted

about the fact that we could just allow

someone to disappear off the radar.

I don't know what in the end

caused her to die alone in her at.

She wasn't alcoholic, she didn't smoke,

she didn't take drugs.

I don't know what made her

the Joyce Vincent that I knew

and I don't know what took her

to the Joyce Vincent that died.

I remember the story.

I heard it on the news.

I remember the whole thing.

Didn't recognise it as her.

I think that was

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Carol Morley

Carol Anne Morley (born 14 January 1966) is an English film director, screenwriter and producer. She is best known for her semi-documentary Dreams of a Life, released in 2011, about Joyce Carol Vincent, who died in her North London bedsit in 2003, but was not discovered until 2006.Her older brother is the music journalist, critic and producer Paul Morley. more…

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