What initially started as a music video, ‘Time in Hand’ creatively bridges the gap between music video and film as the audience follow the journey of a commuter as he attempts to escape the routine and monotony of everyday life. Filmed in the urban vastness of Warsaw, the derelict buildings and Polish woodlands provide a perfect backdrop for a timeless city. Ben Lankester, impressively captures the spiritual pilgrimage of the voyager through stylistic slow motion shots of his escape to the outskirts of the urban city and urban consciousness. ‘Time in Hand’ artistically explores the idea of what is normal, by juxtaposing the putative ordinary with what is actually ordinary, nature.

Nature is a centre motif of this short film as it possesses the voyagers’ endmost desire – to be free and ultimately transcend time. Time is the overarching theme, this 20 minute work of art is able to confront the audience with not only stunning images, but philosophical questions surrounding the concept of time. The recurring black and white images of man’s development and the time-lapse through history shows how people of the modern ages have become almost machines to time. It is genius to notice how in this visual, man is depicted to be alienated in the world’s natural surroundings.

What makes ‘Time In Hand’ extraordinary is the original soundtrack performed by Clapton Fox, an East London music collective whose hometown is Warsaw, Poland. The edgy rock vibes provide a multitude of layers as they allow the audience to enter the world of the voyager visually and musically. ‘Time In Hand’ is an indulgent piece of film, unique as it incorporates different forms of art, allowing for many different interpretations which is rare. The audience are immersed into a place beyond space and time guided by the overshadowing voice over of Robert Lavelid which gives a more scientific feel as if society is a social experiment. ‘Time In Hand’ is more than a self-funded exercise in filmmaking but more of an inventive 20 minute music-film commenting on life. It could even be viewed as a visual book, divided into chapters. ‘Time In Hand’ invites the audience through appealing colour imagery, harmonious music, and deep reflection. After watching ‘Time In Hand’ an everlasting impression will be made as it will possibly change the way you view the world. Look out for opportunities to view ‘Time In Hand’ later this year at film festivals worldwide, find out more on the official website.

Review by Marnie Gray @marniegray