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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.


Ken Hannam


Cliff Green


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Complete credited cast:
Nick Tate ... Simon Robinson
John Waters ... David Abbott
Elizabeth Alexander ... Jenny Abbott
Michelle Jarman Michelle Jarman ... Sally Abbott
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Dr. Miller (as Charles Tingwell)
Geraldine Turner ... Betty Tate
Max Cullen ... Jim Tate
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Sergeant Potter
Sheila Florance ... Miss Gleeson
Isobel Harley Isobel Harley ... Miss Tucker
Joy Westmore Joy Westmore ... Mrs. Shields
Adrian Wright ... Peter Flynn
David Smeed David Smeed ... Mark
Max Fairchild ... Joe Baxter


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, 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.

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Release Date:

30 September 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.66 : 1
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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. See more »


Sally Abbott: Why don't you come to our place tomorrow?
Simon Robinson: Well...
Sally Abbott: I won't tell my mother. It will be a surprise.
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I want to praise Summerfield and argue with the detractor
23 January 2017 | by nicktateSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying I am in the film, so maybe that disqualifies me from having an opinion, but I have read many good reviews over the years and truth to say they get better as time goes by. Perhaps it was before it's time? The fact that Pat Lovell went public about her rift with Ken Hannam and withdrew it from the AFI awards competition, put a real dampener on its opening. However 5 years later one of the top movie reviewers in Britain "Alexander Walker" commenting on the BBC line up of Christmas movies named "Summerfield" as his favorite film from Australia in the 70s (included wonderful films like, Pic-nic at Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career) Other reviewers have been equally praising and a beautiful DVD has been now been produced, of which every one in the film should be very proud. Perhaps therefore a bit unkind that such a detracting review should been placed at the top of all these other very nice reviews. Nick Tate

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