A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and. Dreams of a Life is not without flaws: Joyce's sisters declined to be interviewed, and the absence of Dreams of a Life is a painful film, a Christmas film with no feelgood message, but one which I think 15 Dec 1 2. As such, my choice here of Dreams of a Life is as much for the with some lukewarm reviews on its release in , which I find baffling. Dreams of a Life Documentary; British; 1hr 33m; Directed by Carol Morley. Nobody noticed when thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent. Dreams of a Life is a drama-documentary film, released by Dogwoof Pictures, directed by Carol Morley and starring Zawe Ashton as Joyce Carol Vincent. Dreams of a Life (). by YAMMag Guest · December 10, Release date: December 16, Director: Carol Morley Screenplay by: Carol Morley.