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About Dreams of Your Life

Dreams of Your Life is a response to the new documentary film Dreams of a Life by Carol Morley.

Written by AL Kennedy, Dreams of Your Life is a darkly playful experience that helps you think about the themes of the film by taking you through a conversation with a mysterious voice about your place in the world, and your relatedness to your social circle.

Joyce's Story - The Film

Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died alone in her bedsit above a shopping mall in north London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Who was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age? For her film Dreams of a Life, filmmaker Carol Morley set out to find out. Joyce may have died in tragic isolation, but Morley was not going to let her be forgotten. She placed adverts in newspapers, on the Internet, and on the side of a London taxi. What she finds out is extraordinary.

Dreams of a Life is as much about the people who remember her as it is about Joyce herself. "She was very sweet, very good looking, a bit of a mystery. We weren't too sure where she came from. It's almost like she was a ghost, even then."

Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce's life, Dreams of a Life becomes 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.

You can find out more about the film and Joyce's story at the official film site. It will be released in Cinemas in late 2011, and will also be available through distributor Dogwoof for special Ambassador Screenings