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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Great Time for Us?

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - MORNIING

  4. Tapping a video clip on his phone screen, PETER sees images of an old woman being rejuvenated.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, she's actually Ursula Andress - the first Bond girl in the film Dr No.


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Who can forget the scene when she was rising out of sea in a white bikini with a diving knife in her hip?


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, she appears in the film The Blue Max. There was a sex scene.

  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1960s, she was a sex symbol. I've been keeping both films in the DVD format.


  12. Recalling.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How powerful is sex appeal!


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINOUS


  16. Peter continues to watch the video clip.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Who's this other woman?


  18. The images of an old woman change to a young beautiful girl like magic.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, she's Olivia Hussey! How could I've imagined that she looks like that at old age?


  20. FLASHBACK


  21. INT. CINEMA - NIGHT (1969)


  22. Franco Zeffrelli's version of Romeo & Juliet is being shown on screen. Peter (15) is watching attentively.


  23. PETER (V.O.): Wow, the leading actress Oliver Hussey is so beautiful!


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope I could be as handsome as the leading actor Leonard Whiting.


  26. Peter looks mesmerised.


  27. RETURN TO PRESENT


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It wasn't another ordinary love story.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was studying English Literature. One of the works that I'd be examined was Romeo & Juliet.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I could recite most of the Shakepearean lines.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One line I always remember is: Violent delights have violent ends.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, they're my teenage idols.


  37. Reflecting.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is youth a gift of nature? A great time for us?


  39. Peter continues to watch the video clip.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is he Alain Delon?


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I had seen any of Alain Delon's films before listening to Peter & Gordon's folk song 500 Miles, I'd have named myself as Alan, and not Peter.


  43. Using his phone's selfie camera, Peter checks his own image.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is age a piece of art?


  45. Act 3


  46. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  47. Peter checks another video clip on his phone screen.


  48. PETER (V.O.): This clip begins with Alain Delon rather than Ursula Andress. The contents are the same.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The two versions were sent to me by different persons. They must be considered worthy of watching.


  51. Reflecting.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do they articulate the reality that both beauty and sex appeal are skin-deep and temporary?


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Is it a blessing or a curse for people to feel so deeply about celebrities? They're just good at acting or pretending.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, the simple truth is that once youth leaves us, we'll never have anything associated with it again.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Time has a way of showing us its real power.


  59. FADE OUT.


  60. THE END



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