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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Get Back

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 14:00

  4. PETER and his WIFE are chatting.

  5. PETER: Shall we go and see a movie?

  6. His wife takes a look of KAJI, the family pet.

  7. WIFE: How can we leave her alone at home?

  8. PETER: Let us play a DVD then.

  9. WIFE: I don't want to re-watch any.

  10. Peter's wife then grabs the remote control and then turns on the audio systems.

  11. PETER (V.O.): I'll defer to my wife's choice.

  12. On screen, we see the logos of Disney+, and Apple, and then the title: The Beatles: Get Back...

  13. .

  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh my God!

  15. Act 2


  17. Peter looks excited.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today's a public holiday, otherwise we won't have such leisure.

  19. We see opening subtitles: The Beatles have three weeks to complete 14 new songs and a live show.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Isn't today Buddha's birthday?

  21. Peter checks the phone diary.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it was yesterday. Nominally, I'm Buddhist.

  23. We hear the audio recording and the image of a band called the Quarryman back in 1956.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): John Lennon was aged 16, Paul McCartney 14 and George Harrison 13.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was just 2-year old and my wife was unborn.

  27. On screen, we see scenes of Beatlemania and then lengthy discussions on song-writing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's very interesting. If I don't write songs, I wouldn't appreciate it.

  29. We hear from screen riffs that sound like the Beatles' number "Get Back".

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, that's how the song is originally derived!

  31. We see and hear further exchanges of ideas on song-writing.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that George Harrison wants to contribute but he isn't taken seriously.

  33. Then we hear from screen lots of discussions on where to do the live show.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "Insane" as George Harrison puts it.

  35. Then we see footage on discussions of sheet music royalties.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought lots of publications of OK Hits and Hit Parade.

  37. Peter takes a look of his wife.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She's looks pretty bored.

  39. WIFE: How long do we have to wait to see their live show?

  40. PETER: Should we stop watching and walk the dog now?

  41. Peter's wife checks something with her smartphone.

  42. WIFE: We've already watched the documentary for about 2 hours. The video clip will end in about 45 minutes. Let's finish that before we go.

  43. PETER: Very good!

  44. Later, we see and hear from screen George Harrison saying: I think I'll be leaving the band now.

  45. PETER (V.O.): I didn't know about that!

  46. We see black screen, and soon thereafter, end credits.

  47. WIFE: Is that right? Oh, it's only the end of Episode 1.


  49. Accompanied by Kaji, Peter and his wife are having dinner.

  50. WIFE: When did John Lennon die?

  51. PETER: He was shot dead in 1980 by one of his fans.

  52. WIFE: Why?

  53. PETER: Because he commented that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

  54. Act 3

  55. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:30

  56. The TV is broadcasting drama.

  57. PETER (V.O.): The rare footage of Get Back are still lingering in my mind.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My first time watching the tense and uncomfortable scenes of the Beatles in Jan 1969, although I read about them decades ago.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sometimes, people have to fall apart to understand how much they need to fall back to each other.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's very nice to get back to the rock-and-roll days. I won't miss Episodes 2-3.

  64. THE END

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