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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Except You

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  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


  15. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  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.


  54. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  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.


  57. FLASHBACK


  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...


  63. RETURN TO PRESENT


  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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