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The Waiting Room VR

Venice Virtual Reality

Director:
Victoria Mapplebeck
Production:
East City Films (Darren Emerson)
Running Time:
15’
Country:
UK
Screenplay:
Victoria Mapplebeck
Cinematographer:
Darren Emerson
Editor:
Conan Roberts, Jack Howard, Anton Yavorsky
Music:
Every time We Say Goodbye written by Cole Porter and performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Sound:
John Wakefield, Henrik Oppermann
Visual Effects:
Conan Roberts, Laurentiu Fenes

Synopsis

The Waiting Room is VR journey which tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The lynchpin of this VR piece is a 9-minute durational 360 take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside her body. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of Victoria’s body from the inside, out. 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.

Director’s Statement

During my cancer treatment I gained access to my tumour samples. Looking through the microscope wasn’t terrifying, instead I found the experience strangely cathartic. The Waiting Room aims to explore illness and mortality from a patient’s point of view, putting under the microscope what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Darren Emerson - East City Films
13 -14 Great Sutton St
EC1V OBX – London, United Kingdom
Tel. 00 44 781 3805577
darren@eastcityfilms.com
http://www.eastcityfilms.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Victoria Mapplebeck
24 The Colonnades, 8 Wren Road,
SE5 8QS– London, United Kingdom
Tel. 00447977477450
victoria.mapplebeck@rhul.ac.uk

PRESS OFFICE: Rebecca Ladbury – Ladbury PR
London, United Kingdom
Tel. 00442089621680
Mob. 00447941224975
rebecca@ladburypr.com


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