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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

I Love Dramas

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. The TV is on. Peter sees the title of a drama series: "The Good Doctor".

  5. PETER (Turning to his WIFE and DAUGHTER): Who's watching this?.

  6. DAUGHTER: Me. I watched its Japanese version while I was in UK.

  7. Peter surfs the web with his smart phone.

  8. PETER: The US version we're watching now derives from a popular K-drama.

  9. PETER (V.O.): I saw similar Mainland Chinese dramas, when my younger son began reading Medicine.

  10. Peter continues to watch the drama.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is the story a true one?

  12. Wondering.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Can a person with autism spectrum disorder become a resident surgeon?

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - 13:30

  16. Peter is again watching the drama series: "The Good Doctor".

  17. PETER (V.O.): The protagonist portrayed in the series has attention to details, hyper-focus and creativity in diagnosis and treatment.

  18. Watching.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At times, I can also be meticulous, focused and creative. But medical diagnosis and treatment are beyond me.

  20. Watching.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was an Arts student and my 1st degree was in Philosophy, as an external student.

  22. Watching.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I could pick a career choice between a doctor and a lawyer. I'd definitely choose the former.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Over 20 years ago when I learned from a medical doctor colleague that her 1st degree was in Arts, I was shocked.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She said she did it in Canada in the field of Public Health.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was content as I didn't have the support to study overseas.

  30. End credits begin to appear on TV screen.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That I could become a lawyer was already dramatic.

  32. As another episode begins, Peter researches with his smart phone.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There've always been autistic doctors - about 1% in UK.

  34. Reading.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some autistic doctors might prefer academic or laboratory work rather than clinical work.

  36. Watching.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The drama narrates the bright side of autism.

  38. Watching.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe those having mild autism have worked very hard to get to their level they're.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And so are their parents, grand parents and siblings.

  42. On TV, scenes showing an AUTISTIC PATIENT in action.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The less-than-bright side of autism isn't hard to see.

  44. Watching.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It drains the carers' capacity. I've witnessed that.

  46. Pausing

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In society, few ordinary people would practise compassion.

  48. Reflecting.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While doctors see the weakness of humankind, lawyers all the evilness.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. STUDY - 17:00

  52. Peter is working on his laptop.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Drama doesn't walk into one's life. One either creates it or gets the support to make it happen.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Half of my family are lawyers. To have a son as a doctor-to-be is already drama to me.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As my family is expanding, I anticipate more doctors will join us.


  59. After a meal, Peter, and then his wife, tell stories to their daughter.

  60. PETER (V.O.): I love dramas.

  61. Picking up a cup of water, Peter drinks to himself.

  62. THE END

  63. FADE OUT

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