Why did the snail cross the road? The 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 and cars in its epic quest for an iceberg lettuce (displayed outside Patel's Dairy in the Wellington suburb of Berhampore). Snail's Pace gained festival screenings and TV sales around the world, and launched Lahood from camerawork into directing.
Original and quirky ... 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.– Reviewer Kevin Thomas in The LA Times, January 1993
Available on DVD from the Filmshop
Music composed by Michelle Scullion
Percussion and vocals by Thomas Simenauer