Zawe Ashton fronts a drama documentary on Channel 4 this evening, titled ‘Dreams Of A Life.’
The ‘Fresh Meat’ actress takes on the role of Joyce Carol Vincent in the story that is based on a real life story. Joyce was a Londoner, of Caribbean descent, who died in 2003 in her bedsit flat in Wood Green, North London.
Vincent’s body was not discovered for three long years, even though neighbours later admitted that they had noticed the smell of her decomposition. Joyce had previously lived in a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. What makes the story more worrying is that Vincent never had issues with drugs or alcohol and as a result, the discovery of her remains in 2006 sparked a huge media interest in her story and background.
When Joyce’s remains were eventually found, her heating and her TV were still on, yet newspapers couldn’t even get a photograph of the woman whose death they reported.
Now, ‘Dreams Of A Life’ examines who was Joyce Vincent and how could this happen in our modern day and age, which is supposed to be a time of advanced communication and information sharing?
In an attempt to find out, director Carol Morley tries to delve into Joyce’s life, by placing adverts in a number of local newspapers, by searching and trawling the web and she even advertises on the side of a London taxi. Eventually the information begins to trickle in and she starts to hear from former work colleagues, friends and even some former partners.
Throught their testimonies, stories and tales she starts to build a picture of the dead woman, and an insight into the world she inhabited. Morley’s film explores modern life and reveals how much and yet how little we may ever know each other.
Tune in tonight, 10PM, Channel 4 and leave your comments below….