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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Got Back

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 04:00


  5. A. PETER is writing lyrics and composing a song.

  6. B. Self-brainstorming, Peter is working out the tagline and plots of a docudrama.

  7. C. With images and video clips at his disposal, Peter is editing a film.

  8. D. Peter is inspecting a stage as if he's about to perform.


  10. Opening fully his slightly-open eyes, Peter checks the time.

  11. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've got back to what's underneath the surface of my conscious mind.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My dream sequences aren't surreal at all.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. DINING ROOM - 09:15

  16. Sharing breakfast with KAJI, the family pet, Peter reads news on screen.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, Paul McCartney is doing his "Got Back" tour.

  18. Reading.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The set was 2 hrs and 45 minutes. It's just minutes longer than The Beatles: Get Back, Episode 1.

  20. Reading.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His show's opening song was "Can't Buy Me Love". When was it released?

  22. Peter surfs the web to check.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was released in 1964.

  24. We see Peter wearing a T-shirt in black with details of the Beatles' American Tour 1964 in white.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was then 10 years old.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, I heard a covered version of the song in Cantonese.

  28. Finding a link: Peter taps the Play arrow.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The last time I listened to it was in the mid-1960s.

  30. Having listened to the song, Peter surfs the web again.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Beatles played in Hong Kong around June 9, 1964.

  32. On screen, we see a quote from Paul McCartney's Anthology: Hong Kong was quite a slightly flat performance in a smallish place...We played, but I don't think we enjoyed the show too much..."

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Even if I knew about the show, I couldn't afford the cheapest ticket.

  34. Peter resumes reading the "Got Back" story.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Here's an instructive observation.

  36. On screen, we see an extract: McCartney couldn't help teasing his fans on how they react during his shows. He said when he plays a Beatles' song, phones immediately appear to create "a galaxy of stars", but when he plays the newer tunes, it has him feeling as though he's peering into "a black hole".

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And he's Sir Paul, doing an on-going tour at the age of 79.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other day, a Quoran asked me if I knew any great artists who only began producing works late in their lives.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been doing that; but I'm not great and can't be great.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Many people are nostalgic about their past youth, including songs and performers that grew up with them.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Newer tunes that aren't contemporary to them are quite irrelevant.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No one can really understand the past, except those from it.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):A show is quite a locus of such collective memories.

  50. Reflecting.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One can only be a legend in the right time.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 21:30

  54. Peter is in thoughts.

  55. PETER (V.O.): I wrote my first song in Autumn 1968 when I was 15. And I performed until X'mas 1970. I resumed my creative endeavour 40 years later.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whether others would endorse my works or not isn't the most important thing.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No original literary, dramatic, musical, artistic work or performance come easy.

  60. Thinking.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Every next level of a person's life requires an uplift.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me press on with my endeavour; perhaps, things will work out better.

  64. THE END

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