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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Never Say Never

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 09:00

  4. Checking the time, PETER begins to read a file.

  5. PETER (V.O.): The authority's decision impacts on my client. She's an asylum seeker.

  6. Reading.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to discharge my duties professionally.

  8. Reading.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I studied International Protection of Human Rights, my concern was my own rights.

  10. Reading.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And now, I help protect those who don't want to return to their countries of origin for various reasons.

  12. Finishing his reading, Peter notes the time spent and records that on his smart phone.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's Saturday. And I'm working, charging by the minute.

  14. Act 2


  16. A. Office. 11:00. Peter, dressed in a suit, explains to his CLIENT via an INTERPRETER.

  17. B. Office. 12.00. Client and interpreter sign documents in the presence of Peter.

  18. C. Office. 12.10. Having written notes of proceedings and signed documents, Peter passes them to STAFF#1.


  20. INT. OFFICE CORRIDOR - 12:15

  21. Main door. Peter checks the Office Hours on "Saturday" and sees "09:00 - 12:15".

  22. PETER (V.O.): I've stopped working on Saturdays since Government implemented the five-day work week from 2006.

  23. STAFF#2 bumps into Peter.

  24. STAFF#2 (Smiling): Bye!

  25. PETER (V.O): When I did my first asylum-seeking case about five years ago, she's my case officer.

  26. PETER: Bye! Are you Ellie?

  27. STAFF#2: No, I'm Vanessa!

  28. PETER: Oh, yes, Vanessa! Vanesa!

  29. PETER (V.O.): I've to repeat that right away or I'll forget her name again.

  30. STAFF#3 bumps into Peter.

  31. STAFF#3: Bye! Mr Cheung!

  32. PETER: Bye.

  33. PETER (V.O.): I haven't got a clue who she is. OMG!

  34. EXT. GOLDEN COAST - 14:15

  35. Car park. Peter finishes a phone conversation.

  36. PETER (V.O.): My Mum called me, saying that she had the nicest congee that she had ever had.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's heathy food done by my elder son's doctor girlfriend.

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My mum also told me that they had cleaned up her home.

  41. Smiling.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Two professionals working as Saturday cleaners! I love their way of loving my Mum.

  43. Peter takes a look of the crowded beach.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd better do my exercise before going back to my NT home to continue the decluttering

  45. Later, a wet-haired Peter walks past a restaurant.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my teens, I used to work a part-time waiter on Sundays when my peers were having fun.

  47. Recalling.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After joining Government in 1974, I hated working on Saturdays. I found the quality of family life wasn't good. I even lobbied a Secretary...

  49. Pausing.

  50. EPETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, as a self-employed, my pay is performance-based. Is it bad that I still have to earn some pocket money on Saturdays?

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00

  53. Listening to hifi oldies, Peter works on his laptop.

  54. PETER (V.O.): The week is ending fast and my week's duties to myself and others are done.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Until now, I've never thought that I'd enjoy working on a Saturday.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I never say never. Life has a funny way to prove how wrong I'm.

  59. Peter has finished typing a draft.

  60. THE END

  61. .

  62. FADE OUT

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