The Waiting Room Smartphone Short. Mapplebeck, Victoria (Photographer). 2019.

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This multi platform arts project has two parts :

Part 1) The Waiting Room Film – A 30 minute smartphone short commissioned by The Guardian

In 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of this project, I gained access to my tumour samples at Kings College Hospital. Looking though the microscope at my own cancer cells ultimately led me to reflect on what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us. I decided to record each step of my breast cancer journey from diagnosis to recovery. Shot on an iPhone X, over an 18 month period, I filmed my time in waiting rooms, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 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, putting under the microscope the language of chronic illness. Over the last year I’ve been working closely with clinicians at Guys and Kings College Hospital to explore how The Waiting Room could also be used as an resource for both patients and health care professionals, which could ultimately lead to more patient focused approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Waiting Room launched on the Guardian website in June 2019

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size30 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2019

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