The short film Voila! was directed by Geraldine Carr and written by Conni Massing, who were Filmmakers In Residence here this past February. The film is about 11-year-old Patty and her trip to The Big City in 1969. Brought along to babysit her cousin while her aunt and uncle attend an awards ceremony at a hotel, she explores the hotel suite while the baby’s sleeping. She’s wide-eyed at her first time out of her small town and her first stay in a hotel, and she discovers the room service menu and orders the only thing she can afford.
Based on Massing’s own experience growing up in Saskatchewan, the film is based on an experience she had accompanying her oldest brother, his wife, and their baby, on a trip to Saskatoon and staying at the fancy Bessborough Hotel. Massing explains that when the waiter arrived with her room service, she was treated professionally, and that when she wrote the script, she pictured Patty thinking of the waiter as her dream date.