29 Mar 2017
Join Women on Docs for a special screening of Carol Morley's 2011 drama documentary 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.
Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, Dreams of a Life is not only a 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.
With thanks to Dogwoof.