Now on DVD (but only for UK audiences – at least at this moment) – Carol Morley’s critically-acclaimed docu-drama Dreams of a Life, which stars Zawe Ashton – a British film that we’ve talked about ad naseam here on S&A, which I reviewed; Emmanuel interviewed its star a little bit ago; so most of you should be familiar with the film at this point.
If not, catch up…
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.
It was released (limited) on December 16th in London, and made its stateside debut at the SXSW Film Festival last week.
No word on a us distributor pickup yet, but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before that happens.
if you’re in the UK and you haven’t seen it, here are your hom video options and costs: