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Dreams of a Life


"Dreams of a Life" is an imaginative and multilayered quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London.

Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above Shopping City in Wood Green. Nobody noticed. Nearly three years later, her flat was forced into by authorities due to lack of rent payment. Her skeleton was found surrounded by Christmas presents that she was in the process of wrapping. Her television was still on.


Director(s): Carol Morley

Executive Producer(s): Katherine Butler, Lizzie Francke, Tabitha Jackson, Alan Maher, Paul Mc Gowan, Andre Singer

Producer(s): Cairo Cannon, James Mitchell

Screenwriter(s): Carol Morley

Cinematographer: Mary Farbrother, Lynda Hall

Editor(s): Chris Wyatt

Production Designer: Chris Richmond

Music: Barry Adamson

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Rachel Lysaght, Associate Producer: Danielle Ryan

Director Bio


Carol Morley received the Best Documentary Award at Melbourne International Film Festival for "The Alcohol Years". In 2001 she was nominated for a BAFTA and received a special Grierson Award. Her first feature film "Edge" has been officially selected for the BFI London and Shanghai International Film Festivals.


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