STALLED is a short film directed by Shannon Kohli, written by Meghan Gardiner.
The entire script of STALLED has been pieced together solely using real quotes found in women’s washroom stalls across North America. What was shocking to discover was while there were several humorous quotations, there were countless pleas for help. The pleas are what make up this short film. Several themes naturally emerged, and distinct characters were then created out of the honesty of hundreds of people around the world.
The story of STALLED centers on THE JANITOR, a woman in her seventies. She has been cleaning the same washroom for years, and today is no exception to that routine. As she cleans each stall, she becomes the woman in the stall who wrote the words on the wall. LOUISA is struggling with an eating disorder. GRACE is a heroin addict. LAURA has has a baby growing in side her that she knows she can’t take care of, and CLAIRE is dealing with a cutting addiction, fueled by the dramas of high school. Each is dealing with these particular issues, and they speak to the trials and tribulations of their individual struggle with heartbreaking honesty. Each character is set in a different era, not only for aesthetic and creative reasons, but also to show that the issues addressed in this film have been plaguing women for decades. When the JANITOR has finished cleaning all the stalls, she notices one that wasn’t there before. When she enters the pristinely clean stall, she realizes that it is her turn to speak.
Meghan Gardiner playing Louisa in Stalled
Meghan Gardiner playing Laura in Stalled
Meghan Gardiner playing Grace in Stalled