Dreams of a Life
|Dreams of a Life|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carol Morley|
|Produced by||Cairo Cannon|
|Written by||Carol Morley|
|Distributed by||Dogwoof Pictures|
The film tells the story of Joyce Carol Vincent, whose skeletal remains were found in her flat in Wood Green, North London, in January 2006. Joyce was found surrounded by wrapped Christmas gifts and with her TV still switched on, having remained undiscovered since December 2003. Due to advanced decomposition, the cause of death was unable to be determined.
The film features interviews with various friends, acquaintances and former partners in an attempt to tell the story of Joyce, who is played in reconstructions by Ashton.
Director Carol Morley was inspired to make the documentary on Joyce's life after reading an article on her that failed to mention her age, race or any detailed information. She tracked down interviewees by taking out ads in newspapers and hiring a cab to drive around London asking people to contact her if they knew Joyce. She was surprised to learn that many of the respondents did not know Joyce was dead until she spoke to them even though some of them remembered hearing of her death when it was reported on in newspapers.
Morley was criticized for an extended fictionalized sequence that featured Zawe Ashton as Joyce performing "A Smile is Just a Frown". She stated that she was inspired to keep the sequence in the film by a similar sequence in Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7 and also credited Varda's documentary work with inspiring much of her movie.
Morley was also in contact with Joyce's four sisters, all of whom refused to be in the film. Although they asked Morley not to make the film, she went ahead with production, but gave them an advance screening in order to show that she had been respectful in remembering their sister.
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