Washed-up pop star (Paul Hilton) arrives at the Cliff Edge Hotel looking for inspiration and meets a guilt-ridden woman (Maxine Peake), who is desperate to recover her past. An older woman (Marjorie Yates) checks into a room with dark intent, but encounters a chambermaid (Ania Wendzikowska) who refuses to leave her alone. A blind date set up on the Internet between two teenagers (Joe Dempsie, Nichola Burley) fails to turn out like either of them expected. Over the course of two days and one night the hotel guests, frozen into the snowy landscape, begin to thaw - and to find a purpose that connects them all.
Carol Morley came to prominence with her documentary The Alcohol Years, a BAFTA nominated, Grierson Awarded, festival winning film that was later released on DVD to critical acclaim. The film masqueraded as an autobiography but became as much about the people in it as Morley herself - and was seen to define an era (the 80’s) and a place (Manchester). An artist filmmaker she has received a number of Arts Council awards and made films that challenge, in different ways, how stories are told and which often cross the boundaries between fact and fiction. Her work has been shown at major international festivals, at galleries, cinemas, on Channel 4, Film4 and has received many international broadcasts, including The Sundance Channel. She has been the recipient of the Arts Foundation Fellowship for documentary film. Morley’s first narrative feature film Edge - made on a micro budget - was premiered at The London Film Festival in 2010 and is due for a 2012 release. Dreams of a Life is her first documentary feature film.
"A brooding, atmospheric drama with themes and ideas that intersect revealingly with the rest of Morley's films"
"Morley's affection for her damaged characters makes this film a quiet pleasure"
"In tone it resembles JB Priestley's time plays and those films where people find themselves in a halfway house on the way to the hereafter"