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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Last But Not Least

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDIO - 12:30


  4. Checking a family chatgroup message, PETER sees an image of a silver Honda Jazz.


  5. PETER (V.O.): It's my elder daughter's rental car in Okinawa.

  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Years ago, my wife and I drove in Okinawa. Before the pandemic, I've also driven in Oshigaki and Miyako.

  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She got her driving licence last year and hasn't driven much. I can imagine her motoring fun.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When she comes back to Hong Kong, she can drive my cars...


  12. Act 2


  13. INT. STUDIO - 14:00


  14. Peter is watching a Beatles story on TV.


  15. PETER (V.O.): Sir George Martin, the "5th Beatle", standing in line to buy a ticket to watch a Beatles tribute band playing in London?


  16. Pausing.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): John Lennon died in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001.


  18. Watching.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was imagining those pretending to be the Beatles were the real ones.


  20. Recalling.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1969, I began working part-time. I bought a turntable and the Beatles' Abbey Road album.


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The songs I listened the most were "Come Together" and "Octopus's Garden".


  24. Recalling.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When the Beatles broke up in 1970, I was upset.


  26. Thinking.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If a relationship didn't work, there's no point to maintain it.


  28. Recalling.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I visit London, I won't mind going to Abbey Road, watching fans crossing it and taking photos of their acts.


  30. FLASHBACK


  31. EXT. ABBEY ROAD - DAY (Nov 2022)


  32. His WIFE and their younger DAUGHTER at passenger seats, Peter drives along the road.


  33. WIFE: Be careful. Fans are taking photos at the zebra crossing ahead.


  34. Peter stops the car not too close to the zebra crossing until he sees traffic coming from behind.


  35. PETER: When you do that, be careful. Other drivers might not like this.


  36. Turning into an adjacent road, Peter lets his wife and the photographer daughter alight.


  37. PETER (Cont'd): I can't wait for too long here.


  38. Later, when they return, Peter sees his wife carrying a bag.


  39. WIFE: I've bought some Beatles souvenirs too!


  40. PETER: I don't know you're also a fan of the Beatles!


  41. END FLASHBACK


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was only in my late 50s that I began writing songs.


  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While I've big room for improvement, all my songs aren't studio productions and can be performed by anyone live.


  45. Grabbing his smartphone, Peter taps an AI app.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me create a cartoon to illustrate what I'm imagining now.


  47. Peter inputs some details in a box on screen.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Only Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive today.


  49. Peter taps "Create".


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Beatles were historical. I also wish to contribute my part to make popular music an art form.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDIO - CONTINUOUS


  53. Checking the cartoon drawings generated, Peter selects one.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Among the characters, I was the youngest and am still the youngest.


  55. Staring at the last character crossing the road.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I can imagine it, I may be able to achieve it. Last but not least.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Actually, there's nothing I can do that can't be done.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END

































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