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Scream & Shout


FADE IN.

INT.STUDY - NIGHT

PETER works behind a computer. We hear a girl's indistinct scream and then a boy's shout. Peter turns to look at the table clock.

PETER (V.O.)

Yes, it's a few minutes

past 10 already.

More indistinct girl screams and louder the boy's shouts: Hong Kong people, free Hong Kong, revolution of our times...

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

When I first heard the

screams and shouts,

they're chilling.

INT. MENTAL HOSPITAL - DAY

A NURSE accompanies Peter (40s) and another GENTLEMAN (40s) to inspect patients in confinement. Before they reach a safe room, they can hear a woman's screaming from it.

NURSE

We put her inside a

safe room to protect

her.

Peter peeps inside through a small door window.

PETER

Does she always scream

like that?

The nurse nods.

END FLASHBACK

Then we hear other loud shouts. .

PETER (V.O.)

What's that? I haven't

heard that those shouts

before.

Peter goes and opens a window to hear the shouts.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, angry.four-letter

word in response to

the screams and shouts.

We just hear repeated foul languages but no more screams and shouts. Silence.

PETER (V.O.)

Okay, enough is enough.

People break their silence.

FLASHBACK

INT. CINEMA -DAY (1969)

Colour movie, rock and roll sounds. Peter (15) is watching a documentary movie.

Having sung their number "She Loves You", the Beatles continues to sing another song: "Twist and Shout". As they shout, the girls scream.

Peter looks mesmerized.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)

That's still one of my

favourite video clips

these days.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The screams and shouts

now are so distasteful

and annoying.

Ding! A What's App notification. Peter see's a video clip icon and taps it. We see a large crowd waving Chinese flags and hear the singing of the Chinese national anthem.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

A crowd has broken their

silence at IFC during lunch

time...

A beat.

Using his phone, Peter checks Hong Kong news update.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The news has been

reported, but there's

a sequel to that - the battle of songs.

We see on Peter's phone screen a short episode of masked people singing something.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I've put aside my guitar

for weeks. I should aim

to write a song that would

make people scream and

shout in a positive way!

FADE OUT.

THE END

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