I now live near to an electric substation, and every time I walk or ride or drive past it, I think of a British public service film I was shown at school when I was about 7 years old.
It had such a huge impression on me. Of course it did, because it shows TWO children dying due to high voltage electricity. It’s waaaay too brutal to be showing to 7 year old children! It traumatized me for life!
Except it’s the perfect movie to show to 7 year olds, because since then I’ve been super cognizant of the danger of high power electricity lines. So much so that my partner doesn’t understand why I get so stressed out when seeing anyone fly a kite anywhere even close to power lines.
So I finally looked up the film by searching for “boy dies getting frisbee from substation and you see his legs catch on fire” and it was listed in a page with a title like “Seven Most Terrifying British Children’s Public Information Films”.
I watched it for the first time in 33 years… and it’s just as brutal as I remember! Juliane had her mouth agape and also couldn’t believe I’d been shown it as a school child.
Trigger warnings: seeing children a boy die suddenly and his burning legs remain upright because you know his upper body is melted to the substation, seeing another boy indirectly kill his own sister, 70’s fashion.