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Dreams Of A Life - Interview with the Director Carol Morley on BYOD at SXSW Film Fest

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Published on May 25, 2012

Would anyone miss you? 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.

Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce's life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties—the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Carol Morley was born in Manchester, U.K. and made her debut with, The Alcohol Years. She is centered in London and has made several short films along with the feature, Edge. Dreams of a Life, is her most widely received film to date.

BYOD is co-hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of "DIG!," "JOIN US" and "WE LIVE IN PUBLIC," and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice, and Vladimir Radovanov, entertainment attorney, and executive producer of "WE LIVE IN PUBLIC." Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A-- diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi and Vladimir share their insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure

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