Summerfield (1977)

Genres - Mystery  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Michael Betzold

An Australian film directed by Ken Hannam, this is one of the lesser-recognized movies of the Australian New Wave of the 1970s. It's about an urbane schoolteacher, Simon Robinson (Nick Tate), who takes a job on a small island off the Australian coast after the schoolteacher there has mysteriously vanished. It's a spooky place, and the locals are unhelpful as Robinson tries to piece together the puzzle of his predecessor's disappearance. Robinson realizes that he's in increasing danger as he begins to discover the mystery, but he feels compelled to continue his investigation. The pace is slow and the mood is haunting in this story of an outsider's attempts to break the code of a local culture.



coast, detective, investigation, island, missing-person, predecessor, private-detective, puzzle, questioning [police interrogation], school, schoolteacher, search, strange, teacher