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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Serious Professional

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT - STUDY - NIGHT


  4. PETER has eyes on the computer screen, typing at times


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've to complete my draft tonight.


  6. Reading.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's always room for improvement though.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Basically, it's a small matter. Why am I so serious?


  10. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  11. Waking up, Peter checks the time.


  12. PETER (V.O.): Now, it's before six o'clock. I slept at one.


  13. Pausing.


  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Even so, I'd like to get up to see if I can improve my draft further.


  15. INT. STUDY - DAY


  16. Having checked something on his phone screen, Peter is thinking.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I'd better write a letter to the other side and see if we can agree on some issues before the hearing.


  18. Peter types and prints.


  19. Act 2


  20. INT - OFFICE - DAY


  21. A STAFF (20s) receives Peter.


  22. STAFF: Can I help you copy your papers?


  23. PETER: Sure! That's very kind of you.


  24. After passing some papers to the staff, Peter raises a query.


  25. PETER: After seeking my client's endorsement, I mean to trouble you to arrange the delivery of this letter to the other side.


  26. STAFF: What's this?


  27. PETER: I want to seek agreement with the other side on matters that we can agree on so that the hearing will be confined to live issues.


  28. STAFF: You don't do that unless you're asked to.


  29. PETER: Is that right?


  30. STAFF: The other side may ignore your request.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER: But according to the practice direction, I'm supposed to do this.


  33. STAFF: Let me seek instructions.


  34. The staff leaves with Peter's letter.


  35. PETER (V.O.): While the task is new to me, they're providing secretariat support day in and day out.


  36. Waiting.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that what is written in the practice direction isn't actually practised.


  38. The staff returns.


  39. STAFF: Since you've quoted the relevant practice direction in the letter, we'll send the letter for you.


  40. Peter looks relieved.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe what I do is proper and should facilitate the hearing.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm a professional. I uphold high standards of service delivery.


  44. INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY


  45. An INTERPRETER (50s) is interpreting Peter's drafts to a MAN (20s).


  46. INTERPRETER: Do I have to interpret everything to him? The story is the same.


  47. PETER: While the facts are the same, the application of the law on the facts isn't the same as facts.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (Cont'd): I also want him to feel the strength of my arguments.


  50. Nodding, the interpreter continues her interpretation.


  51. PETER (V.O.): The papers crystalize my energy and intelligence in acting on his behalf, advancing his interest in accordance with the law.


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. RESTAURANT - DAY


  54. Peter is having a meal with his SON.


  55. PETER: Reading medicine, you know how hard it is to become a professional.


  56. Son nods.


  57. PETER (Cont'd): When I was young, I knew I couldn't be a doctor, as I didn't study science.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (Cont'd): I thought about to become an accountant. I was actually reading estate surveying before taking up law.


  60. Pausing.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To be a competent, reliable and respectful person makes one a piece of human capital.


  62. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  63. While watching TV, Peter reflects.


  64. PETER (V.O.): I'm a serious professional. I still have real jobs to do.


  65. FADE OUT.


  66. THE END


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