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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Dvorak: 9 Sinfonie

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDIO - 20:30


  4. Watching TV, PETER sees a conductor and an orchestra rehearsing on screen. We hear captivating melodies.


  5. FLASHBACK


  6. INT. CHURCH - DAY (1968-1969)


  7. STUDENTS including Peter (14-15) are singing: Down the road, down the road, on my way to home, tired and blue, weary too, never more to roam...


  8. PETER (V.O.): But for the music, I won't sing.


  9. END FLASHBACK


  10. PETER (V.O.): I don't know the music of the song was derived from this musical work.


  11. Grabbing his smartphone, Peter types and taps "Dvorak:9 Sinfonie". We hear lush string sections, vibrant brass fanfares and expressive woodwind solos.


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel I'm undergoing an emotional journey.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. INT. RESTAURANT, LIPPO TOWER - 19:25 (Yesterday)


  16. A round table by the window. While Peter is chatting with FRIENDS#1 and #2, a PROFESSOR joins.


  17. PETER: Hi Professor!


  18. PROFESSOR (Smiling): Hi Peter! I let my professor hear your "Happy Birthday" song!


  19. PETER (V.O.): OMG, he himself is already an authority in composing...


  20. Smiling heartily.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But his Professor also taught my late wife Sharon in the mid-1970s...


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I heard a lot from Sharon about the Professor, but I've never connected with him...Perhaps via my "Happy Birthday" song this time...


  24. Around the same time, Peter's SON, son's GIRLFRIEND, and FRIENDS#3, #4 & #5 arrive. Peter is quick to introduce his son's girlfriend to all.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My friends knew my son since he was a kid. Seeing my son is like seeing their classmate Sharon.


  26. We see the Professor and friends engaging the new face warmly.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It'd be nice for them to know who will give additional support to my son in future!


  28. INT. STUDIO - 01:00 (Today)


  29. Peter stares at an image on smartphone screen of a young couple with seven old people.


  30. PETER (V.O.): Via the chatgroup, even friends who are overseas or couldn't come can see us.


  31. Peter types and sends a message: Thank you all for the kind support to the young couple and me!


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Around these days for the past 31 years, this's the first time I'm not downbeat.


  33. EXT. SILVERSTRAND BAY - 17:15 (Today)


  34. Lying flat on a floating platform in swimming area, Peter stares at the light blue sky with thin white clouds.


  35. PETER (V.O.): Yesterday night, when friends heard that I'd swim alone in the sea, they asked me to be cautious as I wasn't young.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Swimming in pools is safe, but it's less demanding than swimming in the sea.


  38. We see the floating platform rocking and rolling a little.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Minerals and salt in sea water have potential benefit to my overall well-being.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Natural scenery and marine life aside, I seldom bump into other swimmers in the sea. I enjoy the challenges, despite potential hazards.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Around this few days for the past 31 years, I was often out of town. I intended to get distracted from what was.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since Sharon's death in August 1992, my son and I have been representing her to take part in reunion functions like yesterday's dinner.


  46. EXT. ROADS - 18:15 (Today)


  47. Peter is driving his red Nissan 200SX.


  48. PETER (V.O.): Sharon once drove this coupe...In Dec 1989, I drove her and our new-born son home with it.


  49. Peter holds the steering wheel tightly.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Unfortunately, we could only spend less than three years with it together.

  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDIO - 19:00 (Today)


  53. Having input the prompt: "A Young Couple and Seven Old People" in an AI art generator, Peter sees a cubist image appearing.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Just the young couple? Yes, old ones have to fade out.


  55. RETURN TO PRESENT


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I accept what is, let go of what was and believe in what will be.


  57. .We hear the orchestra music transitioning from soft and delicate passages to powerful and dramatic sections, evoking senses of tension and release, beauty and warmth.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I need to allow space for something positive on an energetic level.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END


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