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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? 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

Produced by

Grant Lahood


Available on DVD from the Filmshop


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


Music composed by Michelle Scullion

Percussion and vocals by Thomas Simenauer