Item of the Day: "Dreams of a Life"

I’m not a big fan of documentaries, which is what I thought Dreams of a Life was going to be. So, when it screened last year at a local independent cinema, I only went along because my boyfriend wanted to go. I am so glad I saw this film.

Dreams of a Life was the best film I saw last year, and it’s now out on DVD. The film tells the tale of Joyce Vincent, a young woman who sadly died in her London bedsit in 2003 – a true story told through the voices of those who knew her. Interviews with her friends and workmates are interspersed with re-enactment of her life, as well as real photos and even some film footage.

It’s a tragic tale, as her body wasn’t discovered for several years and she wasn’t reported missing – which makes the film a mixture of a mystery, a celebration of a life and an examination of our society. Whilst at first it’s easy to make judgements about ‘the kind of person’ who no-one will miss when they go off the radar – or the kind of friends/family who don’t even notice – you find yourself getting to know Joyce and her community.

You can buy the film through and on pre-order from, and find more infomation on the Dreams of a Life website.


  • Savannah Fecht

    What a sad and bizarre tale, from the description I thought it was going to be about some crazy cat lady, but she had loads of friends. Really want to know what happened, they all seemed to think she had gotten into some sort of trouble and was murdered.

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