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Name That Trauma:: Brother Bill on a Sun Deprived Student

June 16th, 2012 by unkle lancifer · 9 Comments

Alrighty, I’m stumped again on what I thought would be an easy find (I even think this one may have come up on Kindertrauma once before, but I’ll be damned if I can find it seaching through your archives!)

It was an episode of some anthology TV series from the mid-80s(?) I want to say the show was associated with a known sci-fi writer like Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov, but can’t be sure (at first I thought it might be an episode of Ray Bradbury Theater but it doesn’t appear to be.)

The episode is set in a boarding school for children, set in the future and possibly on another planet. The planet is cloudy and rainy all the time and the sun only shines once every several years and then only for a few hours, and it is about to do so again in the next few days and everyone is excited about it. The teacher hands out “sun kits” to the class, containing sun screen, protective glasses, etc. in anticipation of the big event.

The day the sun finally shines, the kids gang up on one of the newer kids and lock her in a windowless classroom. The sun shines for the brief moment and all these flowers start blooming all around the school. It is over as quickly as it began and everything is cloudy again. The girl is let out of the classroom and she is crying at having missed the sun. The kids feel guilty and bring her armfulls of flowers.

Any help?


Brother Bill

Tags: Name That Trauma!

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Del CaminoNo Gravatar // Jun 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    All Summer in a Day (1982)

  • 2 Del CaminoNo Gravatar // Jun 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Or I should say, that’s the short film based on the Bradbury story.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks Del!

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Aw, poor aunt John! He might have been able to answer this one if his eye wasn’t on the fritz…

    We’ve gotten this NTT before apparently…..

  • 5 Kevin MaherNo Gravatar // Jun 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I always confused this story with Ursula K. LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”

  • 6 Brother BillNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Yes!! I knew it had come up on Kindertauma before but couldn’t find it. Apparently it was a short film shown as part of a series of literature adaptations called Wonderworks. Just watched it again on Youtube and it is even better than I remember. Thanks so much! Looks like it was released to DVD, but only in a package intended for educational institutions and libraries (so is a pricey $60!)

    Kevin Maher: I remember “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”… was that ever adapted into a film ?

  • 7 Alisia WallerNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Poor Aunt John! I hope he feels better soon. Tell him the trauma fans miss him! πŸ™‚

  • 8 Eric EddyNo Gravatar // Jun 18, 2012 at 11:16 am


  • 9 bdwilcoxNo Gravatar // Jun 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    On a planet that’s always overcast, cloudy and raining, make sure that your architecture is as bright and inviting as a Romanian sewage treatment plant.

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