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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Sundial

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 09:00


  4. PETER works behind a computer.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I try to prioritize what's on my schedule. Let me work out a second draft domain name decision before attending a meeting at HKUST.


  6. INT. COUNCIL CHAMBERS, HKUST - 10:00


  7. Peter is chatting with the SECRETARIAT.


  8. PETER: The way all of you work reminds me of my days working in the Law Reform Commission secretariat.


  9. Meeting. Peter reads a Powerpoint slide on a wall screen. Then he takes a look of a portrait hanging near it.


  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's Marvin Cheung, the immediate past council chair.


  11. Recalling.


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I engaged him once when I was briefing Executive Councillors on a Bill. I found him a positive and warm person.


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT. ENTRANCE PIAZZA, HKUST - 13:30


  15. Using his hands to cover his eyes, Peter observes the sculpture entitled "Circle of Time".


  16. PETER (V.O.): Using the sun's ray to tell time, the Sundial is one of humankind's earliest inventions.


  17. Peter captures a photo of it.


  18. INT. STUDY - 14: 30


  19. Peter has just finished a telephone conversation.


  20. PETER (V.O.): Surprise, I've got a new brief on human rights.


  21. INT. RESTAURANT - 15:00


  22. Having Wonton noodles and Red Bean Ice, Peter checks the numerals on his Investment List.


  23. PETER (V.O.): Well, a rising market. Someone work for me while I'm not working for money.


  24. INT. STUDY - 16:00


  25. Checking a message, Peter looks a little unhappy.


  26. PETER (V.O.): A client wants me to give priority to his probate case.


  27. After some reading and researching, Peter engages in a lengthy conversation.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A job is a job, even when I work in retirement.


  29. INT. SWIMMING POOL - 20:00


  30. Peter is swimming frog style.


  31. PETER (V.O.): For over 40 years, I worked to live. I was so busy that I neglected making a good life.


  32. Swimming.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Working used to be my a way to pay for a living.


  34. Swimming freestyle.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife still has the impression that I'm a workaholic and would do anything.


  36. Swimming.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But now, I don't have dark hair and I've back pain.


  38. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:00


  39. Peter is in thoughts.


  40. PETER (V.O.): When did Marvin Cheung pass away? He created lots of public value.


  41. Peter researches with his smartphone.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He died in Sept 2014, at the age of 67.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I ceased active service in 2014, and now I'm 67.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's time I rescheduled my priorities.


  47. Act 3


  48. INT. STUDY - 22:00


  49. Watching TV at times, Peter types on this laptop.


  50. PETER (V.O.): I won't refine my second draft domain name decision tonight.


  51. Pausing.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I need to find time to create. It makes me feel good to be alive.


  53. Peter continues creating.


  54. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30


  55. Peter takes a look of the bedside clock.


  56. PETER (V.O.): The hands on the clock are my Sundial at night.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I take midnight as my balance between work and life.


  59. Peter yawns a little.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END











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