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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Come September

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  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


  15. EXT. GOLDEN COAST - DAY


  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.


  22. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - DAY


  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


  54. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  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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