About Time

The year is 2065. Fish have been extinct for decades, and the world has changed drastically. People now live in nearly inhospitable humanless cities, and the only way to connect with each other is through devices.

In this world, there is a fisherman named Anderson. He is the last of his kind, and he is determined to catch a fish, even though it seems impossible. He believes that if he can catch a fish, it will somehow fulfill his dying wish.

Everyone else does not understand Anderson's obsession. They live in the city and think Anderson is crazy to waste his time fishing in a world where there are no fish.

This short film explores the connections between humans, the importance of nature, the power of hope, and the strength of perseverance. It is a story about how even in the darkest of times, there is always a reason to keep fighting to fulfill your wishes.

  • Samantha Scott Blackhall
  • Samantha Scott Blackhall
  • Sophia Phuong Dao
  • Annabelle Kwok
  • Sophia Phuong Dao
  • Godfrey Yeo
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Anderson Chua"
  • Timothy Nga
    Key Cast
    "Anderson's Son"
  • Chanel Ariel
    Key Cast
    "Anderson's Daughter-in-Law"
  • Zelda Tatiana
    Key Cast
    "Anderson's Neighbour"
  • Vanessa Toh
    Key Cast
    "Young Lover (Girl)"
  • Shi En Lum
    Key Cast
    "Young Lover (Boy)"
  • Annabelle Kwok
    Key Cast
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    6 minutes
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    May 1, 2023
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    8,000 USD
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Director Biography - Samantha Scott Blackhall

Samantha is a multidimensional artist, making strides in not only theatre but also entrepreneurship and film. She founded Blank Space Theatre in 2007 which has since received exemplary critical and audience reviews from productions such as DAS EXPERIMENT: BLACK BOX, FREUD’S LAST SESSION and RED. In 2007, she made her film debut with the short film TURNING TEN, which was one of five winning short films from the Asia Pacific region and continues to continues to cast her net with film production companies and advertising companies alike.

Samantha is also a theatre educator and has had the opportunity to lecture budding talents in tertiary institutes such as LASALLE College of the Arts, SOTA (School of the Arts) and NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts). Her strength in storytelling and extensive experience working with actors make her a versatile player in this ever-growing, creatively charged market.

Awarded Singaporean Director, Samantha Scott-Blackhall has directed over 50 professional theatre productions in the last 12 years. She has worked with several theatre companies in Singapore and continues to cast her net with film Production and Advertising companies alike. Theatre credits include, Apocalypse: Live! (Wild Rice), Quills, The Physicists, The Lover & The Dumb Waiter, Agnes of God, The House of Sleeping Beauties and Popcorn with Luna-id Theatre, Dead Certain, 2003/2005 production of Modern Dance For Beginners, Death and the Maiden with Escape Theatre, I Think I Can (Singapore Repertory Theatre), With Action Theatre Samantha directed the Asian-Premiere production Doubt, The Car by Verena Tay, Hitting (on) Women, Real Men, Fake Orgasms, Mama’s Wedding, Singapore Love Letters, Manhood. Last year Samantha directed Sing’Theatre’s production of 8 Women.

In 2007, the South-East Asian Premiere of Lord of The Flies marked the first production produced and directed by Samantha for her own company Blank Space Theatre Company. Followed by the World-Wide Theatrical Premiere of Das Experiment: Black Box in collaboration with The Goethe-Institut (Singapore). In 2012, to full house, Samantha produced and directed the Asian-Premiere production of Freud’s Last Session. Freud’s Last Session received nominations for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Set Design and Best Sound Design at the Life! Theatre Awards 2013. The production won Best Actor and Best Sound Design. Blank Space Theatre’s most recent collaboration with Esplanade Theatre Studios is the Tony Award-winning script Red by John Logan directed by Samantha.

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Director Statement

I was inspired to make this film by the story of Anderson, a fisherman who refuses to give up hope even when the world seems to be against him. He is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always a reason to keep fighting for your dreams.

This film explores the connections between humans and nature, the power of hope, and the strength of perseverance. It is a story about how even when things seem impossible, you can still find a way to make them happen.

The film is also a cautionary tale about the importance of protecting our environment and the dangers of our increasing reliance on technology. It is a reminder that we need to find a balance between our technological advancements and our connection to nature.

I hope this film will inspire people to take action to protect our planet and to find ways to connect with each other in real life. We all have a role to play in ensuring that the future is a bright one for all of us.