Dreams of a Life:
"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."
Joyce Vincent was 38 when she died in her apartment in London during December 2003. Her body was discovered three years later. What is so disturbing about this story is not just that someone died in a major metropolitan city and her body was not discovered for three years. What really hits home is that Joyce was so normal in a sense, maybe even unusual in that the documentary presents her as educated, capable, beautiful, and with a network of friends and acquaintances. How does something like this happen? What secrets did she take with her? She was 38 and beautiful, what happened to her that she ended up not only dying alone at such young age, but dying and not being discovered dead in a an apartment in one of the largest cities in the world. I find this story sad and unsettling.
The official trailer for the documentary follows:
Additional sources of interest:
The Guardian UK -
Joyce Carol Vincent: How could this young woman lie dead and undiscovered for almost three years?
New York Times -
Lost to Her Friends, but There All the Time‘Dreams of a Life’ Looks at Joyce Vincent
New Republic -