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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Answer

  1. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  2. Lying in bed, PETER is listening to the radio. We hear music nostalgia. After the DJ's announcement: The Associations' Never My Love, we hear rhymic introductory guitar riffs.


  3. PETER (V.O.): How do we see music and life?


  4. FLASHBACK


  5. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  6. Peter prepares to go to bed. From a side table clock radio, we hear: ...I repeat, the phone number is 233-88-266...


  7. PETER (V.O.): Seems that Uncle Ray's line is free. Let me give him actual support by ringing in. I haven't done that for many years.


  8. Peter calls from his mobile and sees on the phone screen: Line busy. Peter calls again, the same.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All right. Let me just listen to music. I'm trying to return to my preferred sleeping schedule so that I can listen to a greater part of Uncle Ray's Music Nostalgia. I go to bed for nearly three hours earlier. I don't think I can fall asleep anytime soon.


  10. We hear Michael Jackson singing: Billie Jean.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In fact, I can't think of a song that I would ask Uncle Ray to play for me. I just want to engage him. That's all. But I can ask him to play: A Day In Your Life...No, I can get that number on Youtube in seconds.


  12. Later, we hear the radio DJ saying: No phone calls on the line now...


  13. Excited, Peter gets up, grabs his phone, makes a call and waits.


  14. Act 2


  15. SOMEONE (O.S.) (From phone): Hello!


  16. PETER: Hi! Uncle Ray! I'm Peter Cheung.


  17. UNCLE RAY (O.S.): You're...?


  18. PETER: I'm Peter!


  19. UNCLE RAY (O.S.) : Erh...


  20. PETER: Erh...Peter, Paul & Mary.


  21. UNCLE RAY (O.S.): Oh, Peter! Peter, what song can I play for you?


  22. PETER: Could you please play Charles Chaplin's Smile for me?


  23. UNCLE RAY (O.S.): He has a number on that...


  24. PETER: Yes...


  25. UNCLE RAY(O.S.): OK! Bye Bye!


  26. Putting aside his phone, Peter looks relaxed and goes back to bed, listing to Music Nostalgia.


  27. PETER (V.O.): When I left Hong Kong to do my LLM in London in 1986, the only thing I missed was that I wouldn't be able to follow his program.


  28. Remembering.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In one CASH Annual Dinner, we sat in the same table and had a brief chat.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He loves his job and has set a world record as the most durable DJ. He's 95.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When he takes leave, the program loses its appeal, despite the music is nostalgic.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just want to talk to him again, capturing the moment and documenting it in my memories.


  36. END FLASHBACK


  37. After some announcements and news, we hear easy-listening music.


  38. UNCLE RAY (O.S.): Here 's Charlie Caplin's Theme from Limelight, by Montovani.


  39. PETER (V.O.): Oh! It's Charlie and not Charles! How can I get confused? I'm getting old too.


  40. Reflecting.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I came to know the star from my parents in the 1950s, people just called him Charlie!


  42. Reflecting.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Uncle Ray couldn't find Charlie's "Smile". That's OK. His Limelight theme is just as nice.


  44. Taking a deep breath.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I first came to know Montovani from my late wife Sharon. As she recommended, I bought one of Montovani's vinyl records.


  46. Reflecting.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Bad and unexpected things just happened to us that we could never understand.


  48. Sighing. The music ends.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd). Okay, that's my substitute number.


  50. Peter rolls over to one side of the bed.


  51. Act 3


  52. UNCLE RAY (O.S.): The next number is Blowing In The Wind by Peter (with emphasis), Paul & Mary.


  53. Peter smiles.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's an easy thought association for people in the music industry. Although I named myself as Peter, having heard Peter & Gorden's Five Hundred Miles, Peter, Paul & Mary is more popular.


  55. And then we hear Peter, Paul & Mary singing:...The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind...


  56. PETER (V.O.): And that's how people use music to express emotions and feelings about life.


  57. Peter sleeps.


  58. FADE OUT.


  59. THE END


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