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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Make a Comeback

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 9:30

  4. Smartphone in hand, PETER reads a Quora answer request.

  5. PETER (V.O.): What's something from the 1960s that needs to make a comeback in the 2020s?

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1960s, music released and united humans to do extraordinary things.

  8. Peter types his answer on the smartphone screen.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):The1960s was a unique period. It has been impacting on me.

  10. Then, after pushing buttons of two Bluetooth speakers, Peter hears: Right...Left... and then stereo.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Three dimensional music is better than the party mode.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I haven't used other old gears for a long time.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. RESTAURANT - 12:30

  16. Enjoying escargots, Peter answers a call.

  17. SOMEONE (From phone.): Someone's sick. The meeting this afternoon has to be rescheduled.

  18. PETER (V.O.): The meeting to do extraordinary things would have been a marathon one. Now, I've a free afternoon.

  19. INT. KITCHEN - 14:30

  20. Peter is enjoying iced pineapple.

  21. PETER (V.O.): In the 1960s, I liked to have iced pineapple after lunch.

  22. Peter then stares at an iPad 2 and a Yamaha Bluetooth speaker.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're 10 years old.

  24. As Peter taps a YouTube icon, we see on screen images and month-by-month subtitles of oldies in the 1960s.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1963, I was in Primary 3 and began learning English.

  26. Video clips of the Beatles singing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're Cantonese version of their songs - Can't Buy Me Love became 行快啲啦.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, kids learn Chinese and English in kindergarten.

  30. A video clip of Peter & Gordon singing Five Hundred Miles.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1966, when I was in Form 1, I named myself as Peter.

  32. A video clip of Scott McKenzie singing San Francisco.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His song was a must-play in every dancing party since 1967.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my college's variety shows 1968-1970, I sang Monkee's It's Nice to be With You, Herman's Hermit's the End of the World, the Lotus' Just a Little...

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought the Lotus wrote the song. Recently, I've found out that their number was a cover version.

  38. Finishing the 1960s, Peter watches oldies of the 1950s.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The songs of the early 1950s are foreign to me.

  40. When the images of May 1954 appears, Peter takes a photo.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's the month when I was born.

  42. Recalling.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I sang the oldies then, I meant songs in the late 1950s or in the early 1960s.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For those born in the late 20th C or at the beginning of the 21st C, would they be interested in the songs of the 1960s?

  46. INT. STUDIO - 16:30

  47. Holding an old iPad Mini 3, Peter is in thoughts.

  48. PETER (V.O.): What Chinese oldies do I like to listen?

  49. Peter then taps an icon and we hear the song: 新鴛鴦蝴蝶夢 (The New Butterfly Dream)

  50. Recalling.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was a young colleague's favourite. Patrick sang it during a social function in 1996. He died during a marathon a year later.

  52. Using his smartphone, Peter researches about the song.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it was thought the song's melody was similar to an earlier piece called Happy Arabia.

  54. Finding Happy Arabia on the web, Peter listens to the piece carefully.

  55. Act 3

  56. INT. STUDY- 18:00

  57. The TV reports about US and Russia tension over Ukraine.

  58. PETER (V.O.): When I was at age 15, I wrote one song. Only in my late 50s did I make a comeback.

  59. Thinking.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If one stays positive and does the turnaround, every setback can be a setup for a comeback.

  61. Tapping his smartphone, Peter shares his Quora answer on Facebook.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On anything unique and good, it's never too late to make a comeback.

  63. THE END.

  64. FADE OUT

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