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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Movies & Memories


  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. LIVING ROOM - 13:00


  4. Focusing on the TV screen, PETER and his WIFE are about to watch a movie.


  5. PETER (V.O): Can this be our new lifestyle?


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My wife has no plan to work in retirement.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Our children has grown up and they aren't living with us.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): We used to watch movies mostly in flight.

  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. INT. FLIGHT CABIN - DAY (Two days ago)


  15. Both Peter and his wife are tapping the screen in front of their seats


  16. PETER (V.O): Any good movies to watch?


  17. Pausing.


  18. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Ah, "Napoleon"...See if I can get a sensory-rich experience about his relationship with Josephine.


  19. Watching.


  20. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The scenes about them are captivating...


  21. FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK (1971)


  22. INT. WALDO CINEMA, TSUEN WAN - DAY


  23. Peter is with GIRL#1 and GIRL#2. Getting in their row of seats, they see a GROUP of boys and girls sitting a row behind staring at them.


  24. PETER (V.O): Oh, they're our classmates...


  25. Then, Girl#1 quickly takes a seat, Peter follows and then Girl#2.


  26. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): OMG, I am sitting between them!


  27. We see the film title appearing on screen: Waterloo.


  28. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): After 1971 public exams, I wanted to invite my dancing partner to watch the movie "Waterloo".


  30. Watching.


  31. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My home didn't have a phone. But I had the courage to go to her home direct.


  32. Watching.


  33. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Upon arriving, I realised that her girlfriend was there, and they meant to watch the same movie too. So we went together.


  34. Watching.


  35. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Oh, Napoleon is being exiled to the island of Elba.


  36. FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  37. INT. TEACHERS' ROOM, PAK KAU COLLEGE - DAY (1974)


  38. Classroom setting. SHARON (19) sits in the front while Peter (20) at the back. Sharon turns to talk to Peter.


  39. SHARON: Cheung Sir, both of us teach English, do you know a sentence that can be read in reverse?

  40. PETER: No.


  41. SHARON: Napoleon says: "Able was I, ere I saw Elba". "Ere" is an archaic term meaning "before".


  42. PETER: That's mind-blowing!


  43. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): We didn't know we'd become husband and wife in five years.


  45. Sighing.


  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): We thought we had all the time in the world, but she died 13 years later.


  47. Seeing end credits, Peter taps the screen,


  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Let me see if I've time to watch another movie...Ah, "A Bookshop in Paris"

  49. Peter taps "Play".


  50. PETER (V.O): My wife and I have already fixed our trip to Paris in July. I'd better refamiliarize myself with it, in particular the language.


  51. Recalling.


  52. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I learned French in my 20s and 50s, but I still can't speak French.


  53. RETURN TO PRESENT


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. LIVING ROOM - 22:00


  56. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Movies & Memories..." to a draft.


  57. PETER (V.O): Movies have the power to inspire and educate. They can transport people to different times and cultures.


  58. Reflecting.


  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The movies trigger my memories of long-gone moments. I miss not just the memories but also the persons and the feelings.


  60. Visualizing.


  61. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): While I don't have the resources to make feature movies, I've been documenting what's in my head and blood in my scripts.


  62. FADE OUT


  63. THE END



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