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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Theme for Young Lovers

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ESTATE STREET - 09:00


  4. PETER parks a cyber-green New Beetle in a passing place.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I didn't provide valet parking service to my wife yesterday morning as I was in court.


  6. Peter waits at the driver seat.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife isn't an early bird. She stays up late and wakes up late.


  8. Seeing his WIFE approaching, Peter gets off the car.


  9. WIFE: Macao has hoisted the typhoon signal no.8!


  10. Peter smiles.


  11. PETER (V.O.): My wife yearns for less work. But a lawyer's job is never done.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We'll have our holidays in Nov this year.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. STUDIO - 10:00


  16. Smart phone in hand, Peter is checking answer requests on Quora.

  17. PETER (V.O.): One request is about Oliver Newton-John. She died on Aug 8 at the age of 73.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't know she was five years older than me. What other things I don't know?


  20. Surfing Wikipedia, Peter reads "Olivia Newton-John".


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, her 1971 song "If Not For You" was a cover version of a Bob Dylan song.


  22. Reading "Relationships".


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She was engaged to but never married Bruce Welch...


  24. Peter taps a blue link "Bruce Welch".


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the gentleman is a founding member of the Shadows - my favourite instrumental band.


  26. Peter taps the "Shadows" link.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he wrote the guitar instrumental "Theme for Young Lovers" in 1964!


  28. As Peter taps a link, we see a device featuring a Fender Stratocaster and hear melodic guitar music.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't know the title of the instrumental until 1974. Then, I began dating Sharon. We married in 1979.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I practise guitar solo, I'd start playing "Theme for Young Lovers".


  32. Having taken a look of a red Fender rhythm guitar nearby, Peter reads on.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the rhythm guitarist also co-wrote Cliff Richard's 1963 song "Summer Holiday"!

  34. Recalling.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sharon and I liked to travel. Initially, we only travelled during the Summer holidays.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I listen to the song "Summer Holiday", it'd trigger my holiday mood.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before I turned to composing, I just focused on the performing artist rather than the composer or the lyrist.


  40. Pondering.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What would my life be like if I turned to composing in the 1970s?


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, love, cars and philosophy were all of my life.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Looking back, love is most important of all and it's never too young to fall in love.


  46. Peter sees an incoming mail on his smart phone.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday is gone. But I still have hearing notes to write.

  48. Referring to handwritten notes in a file, Peter types on his laptop.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me wind down my legal work and do more creative ones.


  50. Having sent an email attaching the notes, Peter soon sees a message.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A business lunch invitation?


  52. Act 3


  53. EXT. ESTATE STREET - 14:15


  54. Cloudy. Peter walks towards a mall.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Just then, I've declined a very kind offer.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Working in retirement, I've no hesitation to give priority to those who are dear and close to me.


  58. Smiling.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The love of my old heart is like deep burning coals.


  60. No wind, no rain.


  61. THE END


  62. FADE OUT





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