An older gentleman and a young girl in a hospital waiting room silently agree to a staring contest for the last lollipop at the receptionist’s desk, all while chaos breaks out in the lives of the people around them.

  • Walaa Chahine
  • Walaa Chahine
  • Walaa Chahine
  • Daniel Allen
  • Demi Yazbek
    Key Cast
  • Peter Donnelly
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sydney Film School
Director Biography - Walaa Chahine

Walaa Chahine is a filmmaker with a passion for emotional story-telling and a desire to turn her constant feeling of sonder into art.

A writer and director, Walaa seeks to tell stories that take audiences through the highs and lows of the full human experience.

Prior to film, she worked in medicine and research, and just recently as a middle school science teacher in her hometown of West New York, NJ. She loves using her experiences with people from all walks of life to tell stories on the screen.

Walaa is currently working as a director and assistant director on various film and television projects in Sydney, Australia.

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Director Statement

LOLLIPOP explores the time-stopping interactions in a person's life that can change the entire way a person experiences a moment. In a room full of uncertainty, all that those in it have
are each other and the shared path that life has thrown them on.

Overall, the film ruminates on the decisions we make when time feels to warp around us. As the writer and director of this film, I spent most of her childhood in waiting rooms exactly like this one. I've met so many of the same characters and even went on to work in that same waiting room as an adult. There is something about the mundane, the day in, day out, that makes a person forget why they are where they are.

Waiting rooms like these bring out the innocence in us all - the parts of us that want our parents around, for someone to hold our hand. This story also aims shows that age do not bring wisdom, experiences do, and sometimes the only way to access the strength we need is to be a kid again.