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The Waiting Room

breast cancer hospital doctor

The Waiting Room

Release Date: July 25, 2019

Year    :   2019
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Genres    :   Documentary
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Director    :   Victoria Mapplebeck
Producers    :   Victoria Mapplebeck, Shehani Fernando
Writers    :   Victoria Mapplebeck
RunTime    :   30 mins.

In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I decided to film my time in waiting rooms, surgery and chemotherapy. Shot exclusively on the iPhone X, The Waiting Room is an unflinching portrait of the blood, sweat and tears of cancer treatment. At home I filmed with my teenage son, as we came to terms with how family life was transformed by a year of living with cancer. The Waiting Room challenges the cultural myths that surround this disease, putting under the microscope the language of illness. The Waiting Room documents illness from a patient’s POV, exploring what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us. The Waiting Room 30 minute smartphone short was broadcast on The Guardian website as part of their documentaries strand.




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