Creative Portfolio of Anthony Leong


This time-line highlights the milestones of the past eighteen years in my writing.

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1980

This is where it all began. I was in grade six, and for the first time, I studied creative writing in English class. Not content to merely stay within the constraints of a few pages, I wrote my first two major works at this time. Unfortunately, the handwritten pages languish somewhere in the basement of my parents' house, collecting dust and mildew, having slipped through my fingers like the ashes of time.

The Trans-Atlantic Flight (novella)

A cliché-ridden adventure set in the 1920's. It follows the story of two men attempting to make the first trans-Atlantic crossing in their trusty bi-plane, while outrunning gangsters who are after a cache of diamonds hidden in the tail assembly of the plane.

Towers & Spires (short story)

An intergalactic trader is caught off guard by a supernova and crashes onto a primitive planet populated by a deeply religious people who reject the existence of what they cannot see. He is befriended by a heretic, who helps him fix his ship and protects him from the reactionary church elders.


1984

I think I learned everything I needed to know about writing in high school. Studying the use of metaphors, pathetic fallacy, foreshadowing, juxtaposition, symbolism... reading the great works of Salinger, Beckett, Shakespeare, Bolt, and others.

Dr. Hanray's Second Chance (screenplay)

A short teleplay, based on the Twilight Zone-ish short story by Conrad Richter. Dr. Hanray, a leading nuclear physicist, visits his hometown, now converted into a military base for the express purpose of constructing nuclear weapons, which he invented. Through a slip of time, he meets his parents and tries to convince them to not let his younger self become a scientist. I added a Common Man figure to the original story, who served as a narrator, and bulked up the ending, increasing the poignancy of the consequences resulting from the choices the young Dr. Hanray made.

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1986

My final year of high school. Perhaps the most creative year at this time. And not surprisingly, English was my favorite class, with the highlight being a project of writing a book of ten poems.

An Experimental Textbook to Life 501 (collection of poetry)

Click here to read "14".

Click here to read "Increase in Entropy".


1987

My university years were probably my best, where I expanded the scope of my experience. I became involved in everything, from student councils to student variety shows.

Drug Store Maniac (variety show skit-- writer, actor)

A well-known University of Toronto Calculus professor escapes from a mental institution and impersonates a pharmacist to escape from the police. Among the customers he 'helps': an extremely shy man looking for condoms, a woman named 'Okei Wai Wut', and a flasher.

Love in Fall (short film-- writer, director, producer)

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1994

After a long dry spell, I began to write again after a technological innovation: I bought a laptop computer. Now, with powers of cut-and-paste and a 486 processor, the constraints on my creativity had diminished.

Star Trek The Next Generation: Borg Universe (novella)

What if things had happened differently during the first Borg incursion into Federation space? What if the Federation had been destroyed and the Enterprise was on the run from the relentless advance of the Borg?

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1995

This was the year where my writing took a dramatic turn.

The X-Files: The Return of Bob (short story)

An X-Files/Simpsons/Twin Peaks cross-over that has Agents Mulder and Scully going to Springfield to investigate who shot Mr. Burns.

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[regret] (novel)

The lives of cops and criminals in Hong Kong, between 1996 and 1998. My first full-length novel, written in three weeks while vacationing in the British Colony. My first real attempt at writing dramatic fiction.

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The Simpsons: Lost in Space (short story)

The Simpson family get shot in space and promptly get lost.

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El Santa Clause (short story)

What the twisted minds of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino would come up with for a Christmas movie: a disgruntled department store Santa Claus goes from town to town, killing drug dealers. Starring Tim Allen and the Vancome Lady from Mad-TV.

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1996

This was the year I wrote my first feature-length screenplay.

The X-Files: Rapture (novel)

On a dark highway outside of Washington D.C., a car belonging to two FBI agents crosses the median and collides with a tanker truck, leaving no survivors.

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Stuck (full-length feature-- writer, director, producer)

Your atypical philosophical Internet romance. First part of the Trilogy of Loss.

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Election Day (screenplay)

The story of three people finding the strength to challenge the status quo in their lives set against the backdrop of a Federal election. Second part of the Trilogy of Loss.


1997

Twelve (screenplay)

Twelve hours in the life of a homeless man. Third part of the Trilogy of Loss.

Stats! The Musical

An ode to a statistics professor set to music from "Evita".

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Job Search! The Musical

A musical about job-hunting for graduate MBA students set to music from "Evita".

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Downsize! The Musical

A musical about corporate downsizing and outsourcing set to music from "Evita".

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Baywatch: Rutnarura (short story)

Work on the unfinished Baywatch orphanage grinds to a halt when a ghostly apparition is seen. Luckily, the Scooby Doo Detective Agency shows up to investigate the mystery.

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Day of Reckoning (screenplay)

What if Timothy McVeigh had been carjacked on his way to Oklahoma City?

Sling Blade II: Carl On Patrol (short film-- co-writer, director, producer)

After his second release from a State Hospital, Carl Childers gets a job as a security guard in an all-night drug store.


1998

Homicide: Life on the Street 'Family' (one-hour television drama script)

Pembleton and Bayliss investigate a vigilante shooting stemming from a convenience store robbery; Falsone and Munch investigate the murder of a recent parolee.

The X-Files 'Exothermic' (one-hour television drama script)

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of unexplained deaths that resemble spontaneous human combustion; an old flame shows up at Spender's doorstep after her research colleagues start turning up dead and she is pursued by several men in black...

This New SoHo Episode Guide

Check out the official web site for this CTV NewsOne television series!

Hana-bi Movie Review (movie review)

This review won an Honorable Mention in The Well's 1998 Online Writing Awards.

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