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(1977)

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In the script initially, Nick Tate's character was intended to be a surfer but once Tate took the role the decision was made to make him a teacher.
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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."
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This movie was filmed during February and March 1977.
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Third of five theatrical feature films that British television director Ken Hannam made in Australia. The other films were Sunday Too Far Away (1975), Break of Day (1976), Dawn! (1979) and Robbery Under Arms (1985).
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Director Ken Hannam went straight into pre-production on his next movie Dawn! (1979) straight after finishing post-production on this movie.
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The production shoot for this film went for six weeks.
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A number of the production crew working on this picture worked on the earlier film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) marking this movie as somewhat of a reunion for them. This included producer Patricia Lovell, writer Cliff Green, composer Bruce Smeaton, associate producer Pom Oliver, first assistant director Mark Egerton and production designer Graham 'Grace' Walker.
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Two behind-the-scenes documentaries about this movie, Secrets of Summerfield: The Making of 'Summerfield' (2005) and "A Shattered Silence" (1977) are both included on the Australian DVD for this film.
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This film was actor John Waters' third of five theatrical films in three years that he appeared in. The others were The Rollicking Adventures of Eliza Fraser (1976), End Play (1976), The Getting of Wisdom (1977) and Weekend of Shadows (1978).
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Third of three collaborations between writer Cliff Green and producer Patricia Lovell. The first was Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) whilst the second was Break of Day (1976).
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The notable picturesque island seen in the movie where "Summerfield" is situated was Churchill Island in Westernport Bay in Victoria, Australia.
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Nick Tate received top / first billing, John Waters received second billing and Elizabeth Alexander received third billing.
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