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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Little Sunshine

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30


  4. Waking up, PETER looks out of the window.


  5. PETER (V.O.): No rain? A little sunshine?


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the past few days, everybody talked about the weather.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I told people I'd watch the flag-raising ceremony at HKUST this morning, they warned me that it might rain.

  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wanted to support the event as I knew a lot of effort has been put into it.


  12. People looks energized.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. CAMPUS, HKUST - 10:30


  15. VIP room. A welcoming STAFF presents Peter with a red facemask with the title and logo of HKUST on it.


  16. PETER: I haven't seen a red one before.


  17. STAFF: Just arrived this morning!


  18. PETER (V.O.): Good. It matches with my red tie.


  19. Later at North Gate. PEOPLE holding flags encircle it. Peter and other GUESTS are ushered to stand on marked spots of a red plastic carpet area.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is the first time I participate the flag-raising ceremony at HKUST. It was thought that 11am should be the convenient time.


  21. Recalling.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was with Government, I joined the flag-raising ceremonies at 8.00am.


  23. Peter looks up the sky.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would the weather remain fine?


  25. FLASHBACK


  26. EXT. TIANANMEN SQUARE, BEIJING - 06:00 (2011)


  27. Led to a spot in close proximity of the flag pole, Peter and his COLLEAGUES wait.


  28. PETER (V.O.): Despite the special arrangement, it's a quite a challenge to rise before the sun.

  29. Peter sees lots of VISITORS outside the restricted area.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As senior civil servants doing a week-long course at the Chinese Academy of Governance, we're privileged.


  31. Upon hearing "Salute to the Flag!", we see a UNIT presenting arms and raising the flag of China.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We honor what we stand for as a peace-loving nation.


  33. As we hear "March of the Volunteers", the flag is being unfurled and raised.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We raise our pride too!


  35. END FLASHBACK


  36. We see the flag-raising ceremony at HKUST beginning and ending. Later, a COUNCIL MEMBER talks to Peter.


  37. COUNCIL MEMBER: Would you be attending the 25th Anniversary social function this evening?


  38. PETER: The one at the Coliseum? Yes, I'm going.


  39. INT. STUDY - 17:15


  40. A special weather tip appears on Peter's smart phone.

  41. PETER (V.O.) : The typhoon #8 signal may be hoisted at 19:10? But I want to attend the social function at 20:00.


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Five years ago, when I was invited to attend a similar function, I hesitated, struggling with my retiree status.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Upon reflection, I thought I deserved the invitation as I had contributed to the governance the HKSAR.


  46. Recalling.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So I went. Unexpectedly, I met up with a former colleague who facilitated me to join a set of chambers.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was opportunistic. And now, I've been in private practice for nearly five years, but I've written fewer songs!


  50. Watching TV, Peter sees a notification:...Guests needn't go...the recorded show will be broadcast at 20.00.


  51. .Act 3


  52. NT. SITTING ROOM - 18:00


  53. Peter checks a WhatsApp notification: You've been added into the chat group of HKUST's Standing Committee.


  54. PETER (V.O.): More services to volunteer.


  55. Peter promptly types his response, inserting an image of "Innovative HKUST" and his red HKUST facemask.


  56. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00


  57. Peter is about to sleep.


  58. PETER (V.O.): Irrespective of the weather, for whatever activities I engage in, I create and spread a little sunshine of mine.


  59. Peter turns off the light.


  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT










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