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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Clear Minds

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY


  4. Phone alarm. Its 06:45. PETER wakes up.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Have I slept? Yes, I wake up because I dreamt somebody touching my shoulder.


  6. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I seldom wake up before 7 am. But I prefer to go to court early.


  7. FLASHBACK


  8. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  9. It's 04:30. Peter rubs his eyes.


  10. PETER (V.O.): Instead of keeping everything in my head, I had better print out the relevant legislative provisions for reference.


  11. Pausing.


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if I go to my study to do it now, I might not sleep again as I've to wake up at 06:45.


  13. Peter gets out of bed.


  14. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  15. Bright. Peter sees some prints coming out from the printer.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Yes, I need to clear my mind.


  17. Picking the papers and putting them inside his brief case, Peter looks pleased.


  18. END FLASHBACK


  19. Act 2


  20. EXT. TRAIN CAR - DAY


  21. Crowded. A masked Peter in a suit takes a priority seat.


  22. PETER (V.O.): I still have some back pain and I've to stand most of the time today.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.): To clear my mind further, let me jot down how conduct my case today.


  25. Peter begins to type on his phone.


  26. INT. COURT - DAY


  27. A few masked SOULS. A masked Peter appears, addressing the bench.


  28. Adjourned.


  29. PETER (V.O.): I've done a lot of preparation for the trial but the defendent cleared his mind and pleaded guilty.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyway, I'm quite clear as to what I should do on matters like this.


  32. Peer picks up his brief case and leaves.


  33. A beat.


  34. Peter comes back with several files in hand.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We offer assistance to other busy courts. I can handle them without any problem.


  36. FLASHBACK


  37. INT. OFFICE - DAY (2010-2014)


  38. COLLEAGUES gather at PETER's office door. Peter (50s) meets and discusses with them individually and collectivley.


  39. BACK TO PRESENT


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My office then was quite like an emergency unit. Now, the whole world is in a state of emergency because of the pandemic.


  41. We see cases heard and disposed of one by one before another adjournment.


  42. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  43. Peter works behind his computer, watching TV news occasionally. We hear a TV ANCHOR (30s) talking about the great depression.


  44. PETER (V.O.): Do I have to wait for it before I stop working? Have I done enough? Do I have enough? Am I enough?


  45. Peter puts his hand to feel his back.

  46. Act 3


  47. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  48. A LADY (69) is being interviewed on TV: You can't wish away the coronavirus ... It won't cooperate with you on the economy ... America isn't leading the world anymore...It's madness...


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's common sense but few Americans would remark like her. Who's she?


  50. As Peter checks the subtitles shown on the TV screen, we see and hear the interviewee's further remarks: learn from Hong Kong...Taiwan...and Singapore...


  51. PETER (V.O.): Ha! Her mind is clear. Not a word on New Zealand. Her mention of Singapore is dated though.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She's Laurie Garrett, the author of The Coming Plague.


  54. Reflecting.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All factors considered, Hong Kong is doing the best.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And today, I've my first masked appearance in court.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If we think and do right, things will fall into the right place at the right time.


  60. Thinking.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But we need clear minds in the first place. Otherwise, we can't interpret the data and information for our well-being, not to mention guiding others or the world.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END


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