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Part of the London Lives Season 10 December 2014 02:30 PM

Dreams of Life

Director Carol Morley
Writers Carol Morley
Year 2011
Starring Zawe Ashton, Alix Luka-Cain, Alastair Abrahams
Admission Free admission
Location Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
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The story of a young West Indian woman found three years after her lonely death in a flat in Wood Green, North London, attracted wide attention, and much reflection about the solitary, alienating nature of modern city life. But as a subject for a film? Carol Morley set out to trace the life of the Joyce Vincent, using interviews and dramatic reconstruction, and drawing on the experiences of her own troubled life as a teenage drinker and aspiring singer – which Vincent had also tried to be. The result was hailed as a remarkable achievement: ‘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.’ Ultimately life-affirming, despite its gruesome starting point, the film invites us to think harder and care more about the lives of those around us.

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