Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:27:10 GMT | By Jean Goon
Singapore’s death row inspires short indie film ‘A Better Place Than This’

The short film follows a Singaporean executioner who tries to help a young woman convicted of drug trafficking come to terms with being on death row



Singapore’s death row inspires short indie film ‘A Better Place Than This’ (© Courtesy of Daniel Grove)
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Singapore's death row has inspired a short indie film titled 'A Better Place Than This', where an executioner tries to help a young woman found guilty of drug trafficking come to terms with being on death row. What's the big twist in plot? He's her executioner.

Like the Lion City, Malaysia also practises capital punishment for drug-related crimes. Undoubtedly, this dark subject will resonate deeply for local audiences as well, giving us a chance to explore the chilling and heavy emotions of prisoners on death row.

Director Daniel Grove - who was born in Singapore and now resides in Los Angeles - says he was inspired to make the film after reading about the Chief Executioner of Changi Prison, Darshan Singh.

"I was taken aback by the way he would engage with the men and women on death row for weeks, months, sometimes even years before actually executing them. He would come to know their hopes, fears and dreams, and he took it upon himself to ensure they had come to terms with their fate. The psychology of that alone is enough to try and wrap your head around," says Grove.

Daniel Grove and 'A Better Place Than This' are also on Kickstarter, where you can contribute funds (minimum US$1 pledge) to get this film into festivals and hopefully, to screens near you.

Click through the thumbnails above for MSN Malaysia's exclusive chat with Daniel Grove plus stills from the short film 'A Better Place Than This'.

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Apr 13, 2012 2:38PM
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Drug offences are punishable by death. But i say unto you, thou shall not give death if thou cannot give life. 

If one does not abide to this, then when one's own death comes, one will face the same fear, the same pain of as many deaths you have given all accumulated together in this lifetime. 

From the lawmakers, the upholders, to the executioners. Be-AWARE!! 
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