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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Do The Best

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. OFFICE - DAY


  4. PETER is interviewing a MAN in the presence of a GENTLEMAN.


  5. Peter is reading something.


  6. PETER (V.O.): He has over dozens of previous convictions. How am I going to mitigate on his behalf?


  7. The man speaks to Peter passionately.


  8. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He thinks he isn't always bad. A recent example is that when someone threatened to beat up the old and the young for their political differences, he offered himself to be beaten instead.


  9. Nodding.


  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This should be a good mitigating factor.


  11. Act 2


  12. INT. COURT - DAY


  13. Standing, Peter submits before the bench.


  14. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the Court sets the anchor at a high level and queries if such act is good at all?


  15. Pausing.


  16. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can understand that as the offer as an substitute victim condones the criminals' violence.


  17. Pausing.


  18. PETER (V.O.)(Coint'd): I've tried to do the best I can in the circumstances.


  19. EXT. ROAD - DAY


  20. PETER (V.O.) : It's a hectic day, but quite an interesting one.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've heard in court that a young man who pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of offensive weapons in a riot context.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The defendant was facing the charges alone in court.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He did have good legal support denying his taking part in the riot.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The defence's case would be that he and his friends didn't take part in the riot and he needed his tools to do his job.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I believe something is the right thing to do, I won't deny it. Anyway.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other day I was thinking a lot about the film "Shoplifters". Today, there were many shoplifting cases.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What is worrying is that I heard that a young woman was caught in the act once, and it didn't take long for her to commit another one.


  35. Peter takes a deep breath.


  36. INT. STUDY - DAY


  37. The TV is broadcasting protests and lootings.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Rioters and opportunists have got addicted to activities that make them happy.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're just like Hong Kong rioters.


  42. The TV carries a story about organised protests in Hong Kong. An ANCHOR is commenting on the screen.

  43. ANCHOR (from screen): It's said that there would be many protests during the day in Hong Kong today. We drove around and could only see 4 protestors.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):It isn't good news from the broadcasting perspective.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Isn't it good that protests/riots for the sake of protests/riots to stop?


  47. Peter surfs the web.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Albert Einstein says about insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY


  51. Peter is swimming among other swimmers.


  52. PETER (V.O.): Is this public swimming pool good?


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Its standard size enables me to measure the lengths I have swum each time.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Tomorrow, my estate's swimming pool will reopen. I used to think that it's very good as it's exclusive.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Now, I've second thoughts about that as my goal now is to exercise my body rather than to enjoy the ambience.


  59. Reflecting.


  60. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm still thinking about the man. Shouldn't his offer as a substitute victim be regarded as valuable and important?


  61. Thinking.


  62. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If that would condone violence and couldn't be good, should he just watch others suffering from the criminal violence?


  63. Reflecting.


  64. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): He was doing the best in the circumstances.


  65. Pausing.


  66. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Anyway, it's a court of law and not a court of morals.


  67. FLASHBACK


  68. INT. OFFICE - DAY


  69. Peter is about to finish his interview with the man.


  70. PETER: I'll do the best I can.


  71. Peter takes a deep breath as the man leaves.


  72. END FLASHBACK

  73. FADE OUT.


  74. THE END


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