GenreDrama, Mystery ScreenplayCliff Green WriterCliff Green LanguageEnglish
Release date30 September 1977 (1977-09-30) Initial releaseSeptember 30, 1977 (Australia) CastNick Tate (Simon Robinson), John Waters (David Abbott), Elizabeth Alexander (Jenny Abbott), Bud Tingwell (Dr. Miller), Michelle Jarman (Sally Abbott), Max Cullen (Jim) Similar moviesThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mission: Impossible II, The Incredibles, The Expendables, Mission: Impossible III, Snowpiercer
TaglineBeyond the bridge was Summerfield. And a secret that should not have been shared.
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Summerfield is a 1977 Australian film, directed by Ken Hannam, written by Cliff Green (who wrote the screenplay for Picnic At Hanging Rock) and produced by Patricia Lovell (who produced Picnic At Hanging Rock). It stars Nick Tate, Elizabeth Alexander, John Waters, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Max Fairchild and Geraldine Turner. Summerfield was filmed on location on Phillip Island and Churchill Island in Victoria.
The story begins with Simon Robinson arriving in a small seaside community to take over as teacher at the local school. He makes the acquaintance of siblings Jenny and David Abbott (Alexander and Waters, respectively), and Jenny's daughter Sally, who live on the island estate of Summerfield. The discovery that his predecessor vanished without a trace and, that Sally has a rare blood disorder lead Simon to try to uncover the truth behind the mystery.
Nick Tate as Simon Robinson
John Waters as David Abbott
Elizabeth Alexander as Jenny Abbott
Charles Tingwell as Dr Miller
Geraldine Turner as Betty
Max Cullen as Jim
Sheila Florance as Miss Gleeson
Michelle Jarman as Sally Abbott
Isobel Harley as Miss Tucker
Joy Westmore as Mrs Shields
Adrian Wright as Peter Flynn
Barry Donnelly as Sergeant Potter
David Smeed as Mark
Max Fairchild as Joe Baxter
Cliff Green wrote the script for Peter Weir however he was busy on The Last Wave (1977) so Ken Hannam was hired instead. The budget was raised within three weeks from the Australian Film Commission, Greater Union, the Victorian Film Corporation (who put in $76,500) and private investors. These were essentially the same parties who invested in Break of Day (1976).
Shooting took place at the town of Cowes on Philip Island and around Western Port Bay Victoria starting 14 February 1977.