12 certificateDreams of a Life is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Dreams of a Life is a 3 star programme

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Dreams of a Life (2011)

Directed by
Carol Morley

Zawe Ashton takes the lead role in this drama-documentary, director Carol Morley's quest to discover the truth about the life of a vivacious, intelligent woman - and how she came to be so tragically forgotten. Nobody noticed when 38-year-old Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in north London in 2003. When her remains were discovered three years later, her heating and her television were still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of Joyce's life - not even a photograph. Who was Joyce Vincent? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age, supposedly an age of communication? In an attempt to find out, Morley places adverts in newspapers, on the internet and on the side of a London taxi, and the responses lead her to Joyce's former friends, lovers and colleagues. Their testimonies, together with re-imagined scenes from Joyce's life, form a multi-layered portrait of the deceased woman, and an insight into the world she inhabited.

Written by

Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Ireland

Filmed in Colour

When is Dreams of a Life next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 March 2nd, 2:10am and on Film4 Plus 1 March 2nd, 3:10am. See more...


Zawe Ashton...Joyce Vincent
Neelam Bakshi...Mother
Lee Colley...Sound Engineer
Frances Cooper...Joyce's Sister
Jonathan Harden...Eddie
Image for Daren Elliott HolmesDaren Elliott Holmes...Bailiff
Cornell John...Father
Sophia Leonie...Vincent Sister
Alix Luka-Cain...Young Joyce
Jay Simpson...Lock Smith
Ki'juan Whitton...Kyle