21 October 1982 (1982-10-21) WriterKit Denton (original idea), Jim McElroy (original idea), David Ambrose (screenplay), Quentin Masters (screenplay) Initial releaseOctober 21, 1982 (Australia) ScreenplayQuentin Masters, David Ambrose CastWendy Hughes (Sophie McCann), Tom Skerritt (Howard Anderson), James Mason (George Engels), Kim Deacon (Maggie Anderson), Ian Gilmour (Steve Adams) Similar moviesCity on Fire (1979), James Mason appears in A Dangerous Summer and Age of Consent, Point of Origin (2002), Beneath Clouds (2002), Backdraft (1991)
TaglineA Murderer... A Captive Woman ...and a Deranged Arsonist ...in a Deadly Inferno!
A Dangerous Summer is a 1982 Australian crime film drama film directed by Quentin Masters and starring Tom Skerritt, Ian Gilmour, Guy Doleman and James Mason.
The film was inspired by the Sydney bush fires of the 1979-80 summer. John Seale shot footage of the fire which Brian Trenchard-Smith turned into a 25-minute film, That Dangerous Summer. It was then announced this material would be used by Trenchard Smith in a feature version of the story, to be called Bushfire. In the end, Trenchard-Smith did not direct, and Quentin Masters did. Actor Ian Gilmour broke his leg during filming.
A Dangerous Summer grossed $33,000 (equivalent to $98,839 in 2010) at the box office in Australia.