A long-time colleague of mine, Ian Skellern, who writes about watches for many publications, moderates panels and takes amazing photos of watches had another idea about five years ago. That idea has led to the incredible documentary about time – aptly named “Making Time.” The project is a co-production with Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, Chief Marketing and Communications officer at Seddiqi Holding and Director General of Dubai Watch Week.
The film features five extraordinary horologists – each known for something different in the watchmaking world – who bring out the “human side” of watchmaking. Each tells his or her story — from childhood to challenges, joys, fears, regrets and more. It is a raw and honest look at people the insiders in the watch world know and thoroughly respect.
The five people whose stories are intertwined in the film include actor and self-taught horologist Aldis Hodge who recently starred as Hawkman in Black Adam, and in The Invisible Man, City on The Hill, One Night in Miami and more. Charismatic and charming, Hodge tells of his desire to be succeed, his struggles, and his will to master not one career but several, including making watches.
Also giving a heart-warming tale of his life is Ludovic Ballouard, watchmaker and philosopher who has created the Upside Down watch after living through cancer treatments with his wife. Brittany Nico Cox is one of the few women in the watchmaking world and she brings a unique perspective to the film by discussing her childhood and her mother’s mental issues.
Maximilian Busser – known for his incredible out-of-the-box thinking and his brand MB&F – talks about his lonely childhood and his need to make watches he believes in. His shed the corporate binds to become one of the foremost independent watch brands of our times. The fifth in the lineup is a legend in the watch industry, Philippe Dufour. One of the greatest watchmakers of our time and revered for teaching old-school trades to preserve the process for future generations.
The film is produced by award-winning Kat Mansoor, directed by award-winning documentary and commercials director Liz Unna and edited by Adam Lavis, whose work includes several winning documentaries.
Recently the Making Time team signed up with a documentary film distribution agency, Journeyman Pictures. Now, Making Time is available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo and the Journeyman Pictures website. They have sold the Canadian broadcasting rights and Making Time is scheduled to play in Canadian cinemas in February 2023, followed by Canadian television. There is also a 60-minute version of Making Time being finalized for television that will be marketed worldwide.