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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Creative Paradise

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER sees a phone notification.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it's from my primary school friend - a Hong Kong-Macau Jetfoil captain.

  6. Peter reads the message.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he has retired a day ago...He attaches a link to all the 1006 issues of the periodical Children's Paradise.

  8. Peter taps the link.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The 1st issue was published in 1953. I wasn't born yet.

  10. Peter reads the contents.

  11. PETER (V.O.): Yes, all the inserts were in colour and the texts were typed.

  12. Enjoying.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, there's a short story in screenplay format too.

  14. Reading.

  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):Oh, there's another short piece about fleet admiral Zheng He, a Yunnanese who commanded expeditionary voyages during the 15th C Ming Dynasty

  16. Pausing.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although Yunnan was landlocked, sailing in Yunnan lakes was similar to sailing in the seas. Interesting!

  18. Checking.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The fortnightly issue costed HK 60 cents. Pretty expensive in 1953.

  20. Peter types his reply on his phone.

  21. Act 2


  23. Peter is having lunch with his WIFE.

  24. PETER: In the late 1960s, did you read Children's Paradise?

  25. WIFE: Yes! I loved the stories of "Little Roundy", and later "Ding Dong".

  26. PETER: Let me forward a link to you then.

  27. Peter taps on his phone screen.

  28. PETER: You can enjoy the stories again - all the 1006 issues in one link.

  29. After tapping her phone screen, his wife reads the Prologue to the link.

  30. WIFE: A person's art work was once published in Children's Paradise. Decades later, that person invested the money to collect and make good all the 1006 issues before uploading them.

  31. Thinking.

  32. WIFE: That person has a good heart, but there's a copyright issue - the works aren't in the public domain yet.

  33. Pausing.

  34. WIFE (Cont'd): There's the possibility that the link will be deleted anytime.

  35. Peter surfs the web.

  36. PETER: The works were uploaded in 2013. And I got it only today.

  37. Reading.

  38. PETER (Cont'd): Ah, the uploader worked with a proprietor of Children's Paradise to make it happen. So, it appears to be a joint venture.

  39. Peter's wife nods.

  40. PETER (Cont'd): We don't know the particulars. Incidentally, don't we feel rich that we can re-live our younger days?

  41. Reading.

  42. PETER (Cont'd): In the old days, a kid's birthday wish could be to have a copy of Children's Paradise.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER: I recall I didn't buy any copy of Children's Paradise; 60 cents were a lot of money to me in my primary school days.

  45. Recalling.

  46. PETER (V.O.): My primary school friend was so generous that he would lend me to read all of his comics, including Children's Paradise.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had nothing to reciprocate though.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, we've become senior citizens, and he still remembers what we loved in the good old days.

  51. Peter is in thoughts.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - DAY

  54. Peter reads issues of Children's Paradise on his phone screen.

  55. PETER (V.O.): How satisfying it could be to work in the creative industry for five decades?

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can see how the periodical has changed with the times.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But all good things must come to an end.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, anyone can create and publish any art forms digitally. And the cost can be next to nil.

  62. Reflecting.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm a late comer. I only began in 2016. I've a lot to catch up in the creative paradise.

  64. THE END

  65. FADE OUT.

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