Carol Morley’s critically-acclaimed docu-drama Dreams of a Life, which stars Zawe Ashton, is scheduled for a limited December 16th release in London, and will expand to several more cinemas through March 2012, though only in the UK; good news for our readers across the pond; the rest of us will have to wait and hope that the film travels.
And travel it will; at least plans are definitely in the works, as the director herself said after I made an inquiry a few days ago. So, that’s good; though I can’t say when we can expect it.
As a heads-up… Emmanuel just interviewed Zawe Ashton about the work, and that should be posted here soon, so look out for it.
In preparation for its theatrical release across the pond next week, the marketing team for the film have released 2 new clips exclusively to Empire magazine and Total Film magazine (both UK-based), and I’ve embedded both of them below for you to watch and get a feel for the work.
As a recap… the film’s synopsis again reads:
Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life – not even a photograph. Who was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age- the so-called age of communication? For her film Dreams of a Life, filmmaker Carol Morley set out to find out. Joyce may have died in tragic isolation, but Morley was not going to let her be forgotten. She placed adverts in newspapers, on the Internet, and on the side of a London taxi. What she finds out is extraordinary. A range of people that once knew Joyce help to piece together a portrait of the woman that became so forgotten. “She was very sweet, beautiful looking, a bit of a mystery. We weren’t too sure where she came from. It’s almost like she was a ghost, even then.” Dreams of a Life becomes as much about the people who remember her as it is about Joyce herself.
Watch the 2 clips below, and if you missed it when it was posted a little bit ago, I also embedded the full trailer underneath:
And here’s the trailer: