All Summer in a Day

It seems like it's been raining steadily for the past two weeks.  Or should I say that for two weeks now I have been adorning my sexy rainproof shoe covers, mac and rain cape yet still managing to get soaked while out and about on my bicycle.  Whenever it's as rainy as it has been I always think of a short film that I saw as a child after moving to America.  Years later I was reading a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury when I realised that one of them, 'All Summer in a Day," was the basis for the short film that I had seen years earlier.

The story and film take place on a colony of Venus where the sun only appears for a few hours every seven years.  A group of schoolchildren are preparing to see the sun as they were too young to remember it the last time it appeared...all except for Margot who is the the only child to be born on Earth.  The other children are skeptical of her memories and drawings of sunshine and flowers as theirs is a grey and dismal world.  The film and story are sweet, funny and sad.  The film reminded me then and now of England and being stuck indoors as a child when it's chucking it down outside.  Playing in the rain, puddles and mud can be as much fun now as it was then but after awhile it gets a bit boring and you just want to see the sun.  For years I looked on YouTube for this film and a few years ago it finally popped up.  I hope you enjoy it and hope that we don't have to wait as long as Margot and these children do to see the sun again.

Part 1

Part 2

Pt 3