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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

My Message

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Crowded. Coming out from a courthouse, PETER checks his mobile.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've turned off my phone while working in court. Have I missed any significant messages?

  6. Reading as he walks.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Someone asks me what is the most important thing for a teenager. It's an academic project.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That someone was once a teenager too. As she's the only child in a wealthy family, I believe she was provided for with everything.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As for me, surviving as a teenager wasn't academic. It was real.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm quite exhausted now. Let me think how can I get my message across to those who didn't have the experience.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter checks his diary.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I need to issue my decision on a domain name dispute in a day or two.

  18. Turing on his computer, Peter begins to work.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me refine my rough draft.

  20. Peter thinks, researches, types and edits.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Writing an impartial, fair and authentic one requires intellectual and professional skills.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was told when I was a teenager these're important skill sets for a career, I wouldn't get the message.


  25. Peter finishes reading a thick white book.

  26. PETER (V.O.): Okay, I've updated myself on the procedural matters. I've a hearing coming up.

  27. Peter goes to the shelves, surveying other thick books.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ha, here's a new edition of trust law in Hong Kong.

  29. Peter skims through the pages of a book.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Banister v Banister?


  32. INT. OFFICE - DAY (1977)

  33. Sitting behind a desk, Peter (23) notes a COLLEAGUE nearby is reciting something. We hear:...Banister v Bannister...

  34. PETER: What are you doing?

  35. COLLEAGUE: I'm reciting case names. Why don't you follow my example to study Law?

  36. Peter shakes his head sideways.

  37. PETER (V.O.): If studying Law is to memorise case names, I won't be interested in it.

  38. COLLEAGUE: Your study of Philosophy will lead you nowhere...

  39. PETER (V.O.): I think it's much more intellectually demanding than Law.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Banister v Banister is the first case name that I've ever heard.

  42. Peter reads the text.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's just one of the cases on constructive trust.

  44. Peter continues to read.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, Boardman v Phipps. It's about a trustee's duty to avoid conflict of interest. I studied this case in my second year in Law School.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And that was 1982 - 39 years ago.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was 28 then. Now I'm 66. And I'm still learning the Law.

  50. Act 3


  52. Leaving the library, Peter walks towards a MTR station.

  53. PETER (V.O.): I've spent full three hours researching. When I was in my teens, I'd only study right before exams.

  54. Recalling.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was told when I was a teenager that learning had to be life-long, I wouldn't get the message.

  56. Phone in hand, Peter types: The most important thing for a teenager is experiential learning. When I was in my teens, I worked to earn a living without compromising my conventional learning too much...

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I picked up my survival skills in the process. I also learned that if I wanted a better tomorrow, I had to push harder and better still.

  59. Peter sends his reply.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I speak from my heart. If others don't understand my message, it's never meant for them.

  61. FADE OUT.

  62. THE END

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