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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Father

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. As a bus stops, PETER, his WIFE and younger SON get on board to the upper deck. Mother chooses to sit with his son.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Yes, a son is the whole world to the mother.

  6. Peter takes another seat alone.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a rare occasion that our son would join us for a day out.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His girlfriend is preparing for her imminent exam.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We'll watch the movie: The Father.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The reviews are very good.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter wife sits between Peter and their son. We see moving images on screen.

  17. PETER (V.O.): We come to see how dramatic aging could be.

  18. Watching the film.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We all have slips of memory, but not as serious as that.

  20. We hear giggles among the audience.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Even Professor Charles Kao would suffer from Alzheimer's. Would my mind begin to fray like that?

  22. Watching.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But his father suffered from the same disease. My father didn't get confused with his identity or of places.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My elder son and I went to the columbarium yesterday. My Dad was 80 years of age. He died in 2011.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My Dad helped bring up my elder son until he turned 5 1/2 years old.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I've been playing the roles of both father and mother.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although the circumstances were very hard for my elder son, my overall goal was to make him strong, independent and brave.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Looking back, his behaviour has fully met and exceeded my expectations.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I'm now very pleased to know that he may have found his soulmate.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My Mum is 90 years old now. Her memory is failing her...



  40. Peter and extended family MEMBERS are sweeping graves with tools. Peter's Mum chats with Peter.

  41. MUM: Has your wife finished her studies?

  42. PETER: Her studies? She has completed that nearly 20 years ago.

  43. Getting closer to him, Peter's Mum combs his white hair with her hand.

  44. PETER (V.O.): What a surprise! I thought my Mum only cares about money. And I did give her a lot earlier.

  45. PETER (Cont'd): I'm turning 67 soon.

  46. MUM: It isn't anything to worry about.

  47. Later, leaving the graveyard, Peter walks hand in hand with her Mum.

  48. PETER (V.O.): I'm doing that for the first time. I find my Mum getting frail this time.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The leading male actor in the film is around the same age as my Dad before he died. The actor merges with the Father character.

  51. Watching.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The film's approach is non-conventional. It's like the director playing mind games with the audience.

  53. We see moving images of green leaves before the end credits.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my opinion, the treatment of its Act III and the closing image can be better.

  55. Act 3


  57. Sitting opposite to his wife and son, Peter is watching them deciding what to order.

  58. PETER (V.O.): A fortnight ago, they came here without me.


  60. As a bus stops, PETER, his WIFE and their SON get on board to the upper deck. Son chooses to sit with mother.

  61. PETER (V.O.) : It's said that a mother is a son's best friend, but I believe a father too.

  62. Peter sits separately, but on the same role.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe children are what their parents made them.

  64. FADE OUT.

  65. THE END

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