Dreams of a Life
October 9, 2011 6:12 PM Subscribe
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Joyce Carol Vincent, 38, died in her North London flat in 2003; her skeleton was found three years later, on the sofa; the television was still on, and a pile of unopened Christmas presents lay on the floor. The story was mentioned briefly in the press, but then forgotten. Now, filmmaker Carol Morley has tracked down and interviewed people who knew her before she retreated and reconstructed her story
, all the more tragic because of the deceptively promising life it showed.
Joyce Vincent, it seemed, was a young woman with everything to hope for; attractive, popular and talented, she pursued a career in music for a while, met famous musicians, and even appeared, briefly, in footage of the Nelson Mandela tribute concert held at Wembley in 1990. So much so that when she disappeared, those who knew her expected that she had gone on to better things.
Morley's documentary, Dreams of a Life
, will be screening at the London Film Festival this year.