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“Dreams Of A Life” - An Investigation Into The Mysterious Life & Death Of Joyce Vincent

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 9, 2011 at 8:33AM

An intriguing-looking project, titled Dreams Of A Life that just came across my virtual desk.
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An intriguing-looking project, titled Dreams Of A Life that just came across my virtual desk.

The short story goes... Joyce Carol Vincent was born in Hammersmith, in West London (UK) in 1965 to Lyris and Lawrence, a young couple from Grenada in the Caribbean.

By all accounts, she lived an average life, working corporate jobs for much of her life, living all over London.

In 2006, Joyce's skeleton was discovered in her apartment, cause of death unknown. However, it was later determined that Joyce actually died 3 years earlier, in 2003, at age 38. So, essentially her skeleton was found in her London flat three years after she died. However, little to nothing was known about her at the time of her death.

This film is said to be "a quest to discover who she was," essentially piecing back together the puzzle that was her life, and how she could have laid dead, forgotten in her apartment for 3 years, before being discovered.

It's NOT a documentary by the way. Directed by Carol Morley, the film stars British actress Zawe Ashton, as Joyce Vincent. I wasn't familiar with Ashton before today, but learned that she's done a lot of mostly British TV - at least, that's what her IMDB resume says.

The feature film, which was backed by Film4, the UK Film Council and the Irish Film Board, is said to be in post-production at the moment, with no release date specified.

I found a 2006 Telegraph article on Vincent, which tries to make sense of the young lady's mysterious life and death. In it, the writer ponders many of the same things that I think a lot of us would in this case.

Here's a snippet:

Joyce Vincent's, I think, is one of the saddest stories you could tell: that of a 40-year-old woman so alone that, when she died in a London bedsit, her body lay there, amid half-wrapped Christmas presents, for two years before it was found.

They finally broke in and discovered her corpse only because - with her rent two years in arrears - the housing trust decided to repossess. Her identity was confirmed when they compared what they knew of her teeth with a photograph of her, smiling. For reasons that I find hard to articulate, this week's reports of her death were all the bleaker for including the fact that, when they found the body, the television was still on.

You can read the rest HERE.

The only media I've seen thus far is the image you see above. No clips, no trailer... not yet anyway.

But I'll be watching this. If any of our UK readers can shed some light, either on the film, or the real-life case it's based on, please chime in below...

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