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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Come September

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER is listening to Internet radio. We hear guitar instrumental music.

  5. PETER (V.O.): What a familiar tune! It was popular in the early 1960s.

  6. Peter checks the information on his mobile screen.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, it's called Come September.

  8. Typing Come September on the mobile screen, Peter sees images.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, it's also the title of a 1961 romantic comedy film staring Rock Hudson, Gina Lolobrigida, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin...

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About Gina Lolobrigida, I recall the Cantonese transliteration of her surname sounds like "boiling and breaking an egg"

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was young and playful then.

  14. Act 2


  16. Walking along the promenade, Peter sees a MAN and a WOMAN having a photo session at the beach.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Like a romantic scene in a drama.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For students, September 1 is the date when the Autumn term begins.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was in primarily school, I would only do my summer-holiday assignment by end August. I always had something to hand in come September.


  23. Listening to Come September, Peter researches with his mobile.

  24. PETER (V.O.): The music was written by Bobby Darin in 1961. I don't know about him.

  25. Reading.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he covered the song Beyond the Sea - a jazzy version of it.

  27. Reading.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Charles Trenet wrote the French hit song La Mer in 1945. It was an ode to the sea.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love the melody; and I love the sea.

  31. Reading.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Charles Trenet wrote the lyrics in his teens and came up with the tune only years later.

  33. Thinking.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That explains why the song had verses but no chorus.

  35. Reading.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then an English lyricist Jack Lawrence turned it into a love song.

  37. Tapping YouTube icons, we hear someone singing La Mer in French and then others singing Beyond the Sea.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Charles Trenet's original versions were conventional. I don't like Bing Crosby's version. Bobby Darin's version was OK. Frank Sinatra's version was nice.

  39. Recalling.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 2003 film Finding Nemo, Beyond the Sea was featured during the ending credits.

  41. Recalling.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The singer was Robbie Williams.

  43. Peter taps a screen tag and we see Robbie Williams singing Beyond the Sea.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His interpretation was very nice.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it was Bobby Darin who popularized it decades ago.

  47. Reading.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, Bobby Darin's first wife was Sandra Dee. Wasn't she the actress in the 1959 film A Summer Place?

  49. Peter taps a screen tag and we see the official trailer of A Summer Place.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't seen the film, but I love the theme song.

  51. Recalling.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1974, I asked Sharon - my wife-to-be to play the song for me.

  53. Act 3


  55. Peter taps a video clip icon on his mobile screen, we hear A Summer Place.

  56. PETER (V.O.): I'll never get tired of hearing it.

  57. Peter taps another icon and we hear Beyond the Sea.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love hearing it just like I love swimming in the sea.

  59. Peter taps another icon and we hear Come September.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My life has been revolving around a few sweet tunes; and they're all about me.

  61. Peter turns on the Internet radio and we hear Chicago singing If You Leave me Now.

  62. FADE OUT.

  63. THE END

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