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Nationality  British
Siblings  Paul Morley
Role  Film director
Name  Carol Morley
Years active  1993–present

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Full Name  Carol Anne Morley
Born  14 January 1966 (age 57) (1966-01-14) Stockport, England
Occupation  Director, producer, screenwriter
Movies  The Falling, Dreams of a Life, The Alcohol Years, Edge, Everyday Something
Nominations  British Academy Television Craft Award for Best New Director - Factual
Similar People  Joyce Vincent, Zawe Ashton, Monica Dolan, Maxine Peake, Morfydd Clark

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Carol Anne Morley (born 14 January 1966) is an English film director, screenwriter and producer. She is best known for her semi-documentary Dreams of a Life, released in 2011, about Joyce Carol Vincent, who died in her North London bedsit in 2003, but was not discovered until 2006.


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Her older brother is the music journalist, critic and producer Paul Morley.

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Early life

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Born in Stockport, Cheshire, Morley left school at the age of sixteen to be a singer in various bands. When she was thirteen she was in a band called The Playground, later on she was a part of a band called TOT.

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Morley's father committed suicide when she was eleven and at the age of twelve she started drinking alcohol. After a traumatic experience due to alcohol Morley laid off the drinking until she was sixteen. 1982, the same year Morley left school, the nightclub The Haçienda opened in Manchester. Morley spent a lot of time at the Haçienda until she was 21 and left Manchester.

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Somewhere in between 1986 and 1987 Morley left Stockport and Manchester to live in London. She decided to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she studied Fine Art Film. Morley graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1993 with an honours degree in fine art film and video. She did not return to Manchester for twelve years and when she did it was for the purpose of her documentary The Alcohol Years.


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Morley has written and directed a total of 12 films from 1993 to 2011, ranging from short (3 mins) to long (93 mins). Morley made two degree films at Central Saint Martins and one of them is called Girl. Shot with 16mm film this short film uses cross-cutting and devices of the genre melodrama to create a feeling of conflict and crisis. The other degree film is Secondhand Daylight and it takes place in a fast food restaurant where a group of young people talk about their problems. It is also shot with 16 mm film.

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I’m Not Here is based on the letter Sir Alec Guinness wrote to The Times where he complained about how little attention customers got in shops. The film focuses on boredom and shop assistants. In the short film The Week Elvis Died (15 mins), written and directed by Morley, we see 11-year-old Karen (played by Jennifer Williams) meet Tony Blackburn, played by Blackburn himself. Also shot on 16mm film.

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During her years at Saint Martins her real debut film, The Alcohol Years, began taking shape. It is a documentary based on her years as a troubled youth during the early eighties in Manchester. Five years of her life were lost due to heavy drinking and in the documentary Morley is on a mission to find out what really happened during this time. The documentary focuses on the part of Morley’s life from when she was 16-21 and the Haçienda was a big part of it. It is directed and filmed by Morley and produced by Cairo Cannon, who has produced the majority of Morley’s films. Together they own the company CAMP, Cannon and Morley Productions.

Everyday Something is a short film (14 mins) from 2001 shot on 35mm. It is based on Morley's collection of newspaper cuttings and explores the unusual happenings in ordinary people's lives. In Return Trip (24 mins) Morley tracks down an old friend, Catherine Corcoran, and together they revisit India where they once travelled as teenagers. Stalin My Neighbour (15 mins) deals with Morley's obsession about missing people. The main character Annie is obsessed with local history but trying to forget her past. It was included on the same DVD as The Alcohol Years.

The Fear of Trilogy (3 mins) was filmed with a mobile phone and was shot and edited in one day. Her short film called The Madness of the Dance (18 mins) was finished in 2006. It looks into mass manias and individual obsessions like the "biting mania" and obsessive compulsive disorders like trichotillomania.

Morley’s first fictional film Edge was released in 2010 and tells the story of six guests trapped at the Cliff Edge Hotel during winter.

In 2006 the remains of 38-year-old Joyce Carol Vincent were found in her apartment, three years after her death. This inspired Morley to make the docu-drama Dreams of a Life, where actress Zawe Ashton portrays Joyce Vincent.

She was a guest at the 4th annual Screen Stockport Film Festival, answering questions on her new film The Falling. Morley's young-adult novel 7 Miles Out was published in 2015.

In May 2017 it was announced that Morley would be directing Patricia Clarkson in an adaptation of the Martin Amis Novel Night Train called Out of Blue. Shooting is to begin in October in Atlanta,Georgia.


  • Girl (short) (1993) – Graduation Film
  • Secondhand Daylight (short) (1993) – Graduation Film
  • I'm Not Here (short) (1994)
  • The Week Elvis Died (short) (1997)
  • The Alcohol Years (2000)
  • Everyday Something (short) (2001)
  • Return Trip (short) (2001)
  • Stalin My Neighbour (short) (2004)
  • The Fear of Trilogy (short) (2006)
  • The Madness of the Dance (short) (2006)
  • Edge (2010)
  • Dreams of a Life (2011)
  • The Falling (2014)
  • Out of Blue (2018)
  • Producer

  • Forgotten Pilots (1999)
  • Editor

  • True Blue Camper (1996)
  • I'm Not Here

  • Winner of Gold Plaque Chicago International Film Festival
  • The Alcohol Years

  • BAFTA nominated in the category Best New Director
  • Winner of Best Short Documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Winner of Special Grierson Award
  • Edge

  • Selected for the London Film Festival in 2010
  • Selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2011
  • Dreams of a Life

  • Nominated in the category Best Documentary, Grierson Award, London Film Festival
  • Nominated in the category Best Documentary, London Critics Circle
  • Nominated in the category Best Documentary, London Evening Standard Film Awards
  • The Falling

  • Nominated at the London Film Festival with Florence Pugh and Carol Morley
  • References

    Carol Morley Wikipedia