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A Better Place Than This (2012)

A lonely Singaporean death row guard tries to help a young Australian convicted of drug trafficking accept her fate despite a bizarre contradiction - he is her executioner. Inspired by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Grove

Writers:

Daniel Grove (story), Daniel Grove
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Cast

Credited cast:
Reza Sixo Safai ... The Hangman
Tania Nolan ... Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandre Chen ... Liu
Kamil Haque Kamil Haque ... Fandi
Archie Kao ... Chen Wei
Kamuela Kim Kamuela Kim ... Terrence
Jonathan Oldham Jonathan Oldham ... Thomas
Wendy Wilkins ... Sophie's Mum
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A lonely Singaporean death row guard tries to help a young Australian convicted of drug trafficking accept her fate despite a bizarre contradiction - he is her executioner. Inspired by the true life figure Darshan Singh, Singapore's Chief Executioner and self-styled death-row confidant. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA | Singapore

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in the season two of Film School Shorts (2013), {Into the Dark (#206)}_. See more »

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Excellent film
20 May 2014 | by paulguerinSee all my reviews

Beautiful, sad and subtle film that slowly draws you in and even though you are certain of the ending, it sustains hope. Painfully realistic and darkly moving.Brilliant. Having lived for many years in that part of the world I was aware of the tragic nature of people caught up in the drug smuggling that was common amongst young travelers and friends of mine had received harsh sentences in neighboring countries. This short film manages to evoke the fear and fatalism associated with smuggling and its terrible consequences. The acting was completely authentic and the executioner's misery was painful to watch. I'd never heard of this film and was surprised at the sophisticated lighting and score that more than anything made the emotions so credible It is not a film that I would recommend for the faint of heart but it is powerful.


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