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Snail's Pace Short Film (Full Length) – 1989 Adventure Comedy

Snail's Pace

Short Film (Full Length) – 1989 Adventure Comedy

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Why did the snail cross the road? This debut short from Grant (Singing Trophy, Lemming Aid) Lahood provides the answer in a four minute time-lapse adventure. With the world whizzing by at 'snail’s pace' (filmed from the snail's temporal — and aural — point of view), the mollusc-on-a-mission faces skaters, high heels, cars and Doc Martens in its epic quest for an iceberg lettuce (displayed outside Patel's Dairy, Berhampore). Snail's Pace gained festival screenings and TV sales around the world, and launched then-lighting cameraman Lahood’s directorial career.

Original and quirky. [The film] charts, via knock time-lapse photography, the progress of a snail crossing an asphalt road intent on reaching the lettuce on display outside a small market.
– Kevin Thomas, LA Times, Jan 1993

Produced by

Grant Lahood


Available on DVD from Filmshop.

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Made with the support of the QEII Arts Council (Creative Film and Video Fund), NZ Film Commission and TVNZ.


Music composed by Michelle Scullion, percussion and vocals by Thomas Simenauer.