The Waiting Room


The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is a Film and VR Journey which tells the story of my breast cancer (as patient and Director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery.

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 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 will be broadcast on The Guardian website as part of their documentaries strand.

The Waiting Room : VR project has been commissioned as part of the Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters EPSRC funded research project. The lynchpin of this VR piece, is a 9 min durational 360 take, a reconstruction of my last session of radiotherapy , which marked the end of nine months of breast cancer treatment. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside my body. Working with 3D artists, I have bought to life the medical imaging I’ve gathered through out treatment. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of my body from the inside, out.

The Waiting Room challenges the cultural myths that surround this disease, putting under the microscope the language of illness. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.

Features on The Waiting Room

Immerse UK
The Waiting Room – one year on