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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Staying Home

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 08:30


  4. PETER is going out, as KAJI, the family pet, is staring at him.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Staying home. I'm going out to buy breakfast for us.


  6. INT. MALL - 08:35


  7. Entering, Peter sees a notice on a board stand.


  8. PETER (V.O.): Oh, storm signal No. 8 is up? I thought the storm was already over!


  9. Getting inside a bakery, Peter buys one loaf of bread.


  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's basically for Kaji. Our maid is on leave today.


  11. INT. SITTING ROOM - 08:45


  12. Entering, Kaji jumps up on Peter's legs, sniffing the loaf of bread he's carrying.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. BEDROOM - 10:00


  15. Phone alarm rings. Peter's WIFE wakes up.


  16. PETER: It's our pet's meal time.


  17. Having gone out for awhile, his wife returns.


  18. WIFE: Storm signal No. 8 is up! On a Saturday?


  19. PETER (V.O.): Office workers want windfall holidays.


  20. WIFE (Cont'd): Are the fast food stores open?.


  21. PETER: Yes, they continue to provide the service.


  22. INT. FAST FOOD STORE: 10: 45


  23. Peter queues up to do the order. We hear someone shouting before a counter: I want to cancel my order! I don't want to wait anymore!


  24. PETER (V.O.): Customers aren't always right.


  25. At the cashier, a STAFF speaks to Peter politely.


  26. STAFF: You'll have to wait for your takeaway for at least 10 minutes...

  27. PETER: No problem at all!


  28. INT. DINING ROOM - 11:30


  29. Peter, his wife and Kaji are having breakfast together.


  30. WIFE: Do you know the name of the Typhoon is "Lionrock"?


  31. PETER: Is that right?


  32. INT. SITTING ROOM - 16:00


  33. Peter is researching with his phone.


  34. PETER (V.O.): Hong Kong, China, submitted the name "Lionrock" to substitute "Tingting".


  35. Reading.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is already the third time the name is used in tropical cyclones.


  37. On TV , we see a video clip of a man holding a broken window frame so that it won't fall.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A person allowing anything to fall from a building near a public place is an offence. Such incidents happen even when there's no storm.


  39. On TV, we see people trying to surf on waves without success.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I witnessed learner-surfers occupying the whole of the Big Wave Bay even on a windy day. As they didn't heed the advice to leave, I wouldn't swim in an unsafe surrounding.


  41. On TV, we see and hear reporters remarking on other sights.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Their remarks mimic the lyrics of the song "Beneath the Lion Rock".


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The "Lion Rock" spirit is about Hongkongers' enduring capacity to adapt to adversities.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What happened beneath the Lion Rock was quite familiar to my wife, but not to me.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before 1960, my family lived on Hong Kong island. Since 1960, we lived in Hung Shui Kiu. But practising the art of life is the same.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although we can't control what happens to us, we can strive to turn what happens to us to help us thrive.


  51. Kaji is staring at Peter.


  52. PETER: We wouldn't go out. This time is different. We're staying home.

  53. .

  54. Act 3


  55. INT. SITTING ROOM - 20:30


  56. In a sofa, Peter works on his laptop.


  57. PETER (V.O.): As Lionrock is still around, we make the most of everything available at home.


  58. Jumping up onto the sofa, Kaji puts her head on Peter's lap.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Home is a shelter for storms - all sorts of storms.


  60. Peter pets Kaji.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We aren't stuck at home. We're safe at home.


  62. FADE OUT


  63. THE END


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