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Summerfield (1977)

A teacher discovers one of his students has a rare blood disease, and is drawn into a mystery that culminates in a thrilling climax.

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Betty Tate
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Jim Tate
Barry Donnelly ...
Sergeant Potter
Sheila Florance ...
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Miss Tucker
Joy Westmore ...
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A teacher discovers one of his students has a rare blood disease, and is drawn into a mystery that culminates in a thrilling climax.

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Beyon the bridge was Summerfield. And a secret that should not have been shared. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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30 September 1977 (Australia)  »

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Hemmeligheden  »

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The movie was racked with controversy upon theatrical release. Director Ken Hannam condemned it to the media of the day. Producer Patricia Lovell has said that "It was one of those films that has caused me a lot of sleepless nights since". The lead actors have also spoken of their mixed feelings about the movie. Interviews with them can be seen on the DVD. Nick Tate has said that "It's a film that, I think, was before its time in Australia" whilst John Waters maintains that "Its one of the Australian films that really has stood the test of time". Moreover, Elizabeth Alexander has said of this film: "I'm very sorry for everyone who was involved that it wasn't finally as great as we all hoped it would be. Because it certainly had the makings of that, the potential to be that and, of course, everyone wanted it to be that. But for me, it was just off the mark. I'm sorry to say that." See more »

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Sally Abbott: The gate's locked.
Simon Robinson: Damn.
Sally Abbott: It's always locked.
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Featured in A Shattered Silence (1977) See more »

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A great story yes, but the real winner here is the photography
25 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

A great story yes but the real winner here is the photography. Even on a 23 year old video tape the sunsets, beach colours and water shots still look magnificent. John Waters is understated but nonetheless powerful. Nick Tate is rock solid as usual. Geraldine Turner never looked better!


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