Summerfield (1977)

35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono (United Sound), English
Reviewed at The

An Australian borderline horror film directed by Ken Hannam.

Plot Summary

A teacher arrives in a small isolated town to replace a man who has mysteriously disappeared. Disturbed by the odd behaviour of his pupils, he begins to investigate the fate of his predecessor, an investigation that leads him to the Summerfield estate and its residents…


Directed by: Ken Hannam
© Clare Beach Films Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia MCMLXXVII [1977]
Clare Beach Films with Australian Film Commission, GTO Film Distributors, Victorian Film Corporation presents
Produced by: Patricia Lovell
Associate Producer: Pom Oliver
Written by: Cliff Green
Script Consultant: Moya Wood
Director of Photography: Mike Molloy
Editor: Sara Bennett
Music Composed & Conducted by: Bruce Smeaton
Sound Recordists: Ken Hammond, Gary Wilkins
Costume Designer: Ron Williams
Make-up: Deryck De Niese
Hairdresser: Cheryl Williams
Art Director: Graham Walker
Filmed on location on Phillip Island, Victoria & Churchill Island, Victoria with the cooperation of the Victoria Conservation Trust

Nick Tate (Simon Robinson)
John Waters (David Abbott)
Elizabeth Alexander (Jenny Abbott)
Michelle Jarman as Sally Abbott
Charles Tingwell (Dr Miller)
Geraldine Turner (Betty [Tate])
Max Cullen (Jim [Tate])
Barry Donnelly (Sgt. Potter)
Sheila Florance (Miss Gleeson)
Isabel Harley (Miss Tucker)
Joy Westmore (Mrs Shields)
Adrian Wright (Peter Flynn)
David Smeed (boy)
Max Fairchild (garage attendant [Joe Baxter])



Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper p.402 – illustrated credits, synopsis