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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Except You

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. The TV is on, reporting the death of Sean Connery and showing clips of Dr No, the first of the James Bond movie series.

  5. PETER: (V.O.): He died at the age of 90. When he first appeared in Dr No in 1962, he was 32, and I was 6.

  6. Recalling.

  7. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): I got hooked to the character of James Bond for his wit and action.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): The audio-visuals of the main title sequence is highly stylised. I love the introduction of character through the gun barrel.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's captivating, it arouses the audience's imagination from the beginning.

  12. Recalling.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And the scene when Ursula Andress emerges from the water in a white bikini is unforgettable.

  14. Art 2


  16. Sitting in bed, Peter is listening to radio music. We hear the DJ Uncle Ray announcing: Tribute to Sean Connery, another James Bond song...

  17. PETER (V.O.): Uncle Ray is at age 95 and is still working. He regularly plays songs by Matt Monro.

  18. Peter surfs the web with his phone.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, Matt Monro first appeared in Uncle Ray's show in 1953 - a year before I was born.

  20. Reading.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like his number Softly as I Leave You.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1970s, my friends and I would rehearse the song, but there wasn't any performing opportunity.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ever since I reintroduced myself to Uncle Ray, he has played Charlie Chaplin's Smile many times.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not only that, he also plays songs by Peter, Paul & Mary and Peter & Gordon. I believe that has got something to do with my first name.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I've been joining his radio show every night.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But he may not know if I've been listening.

  32. We hear from the radio Uncle Ray saying: Give me a call at 233 88 266.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His hotline is now open. Let me try my luck to get in touch with him again.

  34. UNCLE RAY (From phone): Hello! Hello!

  35. PETER (To phone): Uncle Ray, this is Peter Cheung calling.

  36. UNCLE RAY (From phone): Peter Cheung!

  37. PETER (To phone): Thank you very much for playing regularly Charlie Chaplin's Smile, and songs by Peter, Paul & Mary, and by Peter & Gordon.

  38. We hear Uncle Ray smiling in the phone.

  39. PETER (Cont'd) (To phone): Could you please play the Mystics' Song of the Wind for me?

  40. UNCLE RAY: The Mystics' ...Song of the Wind?

  41. We hear Uncle Ray hesitating.

  42. UNCLE RAY: Do you have any other number in mind?

  43. PETER (V.O.): I just want to let him know that I'm appreciative of the songs he played, implicitly for me. Let me think...

  44. PETER (To phone): How about any song by the Mod East?

  45. UNCLE RAY (From phone): What?

  46. PETER (To phone): MOD EAST...another local band.

  47. UNCLE RAY (From phone): Oh, yes! The Mod East!

  48. PETER (To phone): Bye-bye.

  49. We hear the radio playing easy-listening music: A Summer's Place.

  50. PETER (V.O.): This is my favourite too... I'll have to wait for Uncle Ray's follow-up of my request.

  51. Peter continues to read the text on his phone screen about Matt Monro.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, Matt Monro died in 1985 at the age of 54...He was a heavy smoker and an alcoholic.

  53. Act 3.


  55. We hear from the radio a distinct guitar chord strumming and then Uncle Ray remarking: Except You - Who would remember the Mod East?

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh yes, Except You is the title of the band's la-la song.


  58. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY (1968)

  59. Recess. A girl CLASSMATE (14) speaks to PETER (14).

  60. CLASSMATE: Do you know how to play the guitar chords of Except You?

  61. PETER: Except You?

  62. CLASSMATE (Sings): All I want to do, is to fall in love with you...


  64. Peter smiles.

  65. INT. STUDY - DAY

  66. Peter is working before his laptop.

  67. .PETER (V.O.): I must document my yesterday night's encounter with Uncle Ray. He's a living legend, evidencing the magical correlation between song lovers and longevity.

  68. FADE OUT.

  69. THE END

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