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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Serious Professional

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  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?


  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.


  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


  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.


  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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