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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

If I Can Dream

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. Having checked his phone's mails, a wet-haired Peter finishes typing.


  5. PETER: (V.O.): Okay, I've dealt with serious matters. See if there's any interesting answer requests from my Quora fans.


  6. We see on screen: What was your childhood dream job? Did you achieve it? How do you feel about it?


  7. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): My childhood dream job was a very humble one.


  8. FLASHBACK


  9. EXT. BUS (MOVING) - DAY (1964)


  10. DRIVER#1 drives. Holding a bar and standing close to driver#, Peter (10) watches him steering the wheel, stepping on the clutch and changing gears, switching on the indicator lamps from time to time.


  11. PETER: (V.O.): I believe I know how to drive.


  12. EXT. BUS (MOVING) - DAY (1966)


  13. Driver#2 drives. Sitting in the only passenger seat in the front, nearly parallel to driver#2, Peter (12) watches closely every action of driver#2.


  14. PETER: (V.O.): Handling a bus requires a lot of skills and attention. Serving the public is good. A classmate's father is a bus driver.


  15. RETURN TO PRESENT


  16. Act 2


  17. INT. STUDY - LATER


  18. Peter looks at the answer request.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My childhood dream job was just to become a bus driver.


  20. Recalling.


  21. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): None of my family members had a driving licence. Being a bus driver should be able to feed a family.

  22. '

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought that was the only way I could have a car to drive. So my ambition then was just to be able to take a bus-driving seat.


  25. Peter looks at the answer request again.


  26. PETER: (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't achieve it though. I got my driving licence alright, but I'd never applied for the job.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days after I got my driving licence in 1976, I bought a used sports car. Since then, I've been owning and driving private cars.


  29. Pondering.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to my feeling...


  31. Peter seems to have recalled something.


  32. On his phone, Peter searches: Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream. A video clip featuring Elvis Presley then comes up. Peter tapes on it.


  33. After a rock intro, we hear Elvis singing: There must be lights burning brighter somewhere. Got to be birds flying higher in the sky more blue. If I can dream...


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I simply can't dream big when I was a child.


  35. We continue to hear:...Tell me why, oh why, oh why can't my dream come true, oh why...


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I heard the song over the radio in 1968. But this is the first time I watch his video clip.


  37. We continue to hear:...We trapped in a world that is troubled with pain. But as long as a man has the strength to dream, he can redeem his soul and fly.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He looked so young. How old was he then?


  39. Scrolling down the screen, Peter taps on the Elvis Presley link.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was 33 in 1968. In the 1960s, I watched nearly all his movies. He was quite my teenage idol.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From poverty to fame, he epitomizes the American dream.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1977 when I heard that he had died, I couldn't believe it. How can the "King" die? At the age of 42?


  45. Peter takes a deep breath.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm 66 already.


  47. Act 3


  48. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.): Years ago, when I saw recruiting adverts of bus drivers, I did think about making my childhood dream come true.


  51. Pausing.


  52. PETER (V.O.): But I wasn't qualified anymore. I wasn't aged 60 or below.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I can, I'd drive my wife to work, like a chauffeur,


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then I would manage my cars. I ran a car's engine this morning and took another one to the car repairer this afternoon.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also won't miss my daily swimming, hoping that I'll have the strength not just to dream, but to optimize my lifespan actually.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Living a life like that at the age of 66, have I redeem my soul somewhat?


  61. Peter types his answer on the phone.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END


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