Summer City

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Summer City
Summer City VideoCover.jpeg
Directed by Christopher Fraser
Produced by Phillip Avalon
Written by Phillip Avalon
Starring John Jarratt
Steve Bisley
Mel Gibson
James Elliott
Abigail
Ward "Pally" Austin
Music by Phil Butkus
Cinematography Jerry Marek
Edited by David Stiven
Production
  company
Avalon Film Corporation Studio
Distributed by Intertropic films
Release date(s) 22 December 1977
Running time 83 min.
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$66,000[1] or $200,000[2]

Summer City also known as Coast of Terror is a 1977 Australian film, and also Mel Gibson's film debut. It was filmed in Newcastle, Australia.

Plot[edit]

In the early 1960s, Sandy (John Jarratt), Boo (Steve Bisley), Scollop (Mel Gibson) and Robbie (Phil Avalon) drive to the beaches north of Sydney for a surfing weekend. The boys are planning to give Sandy a memorable ‘one last fling’ before his impending marriage. Tension flares between university-educated Sandy and ocker Boo when Sandy decides not to join in the fun. At a local dance, Boo seduces Caroline (Debbie Forman), the teenage daughter of a caravan park owner (James Elliott) who discovers what has happened and comes looking for Boo with a gun.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • John Jarratt as Sandy
  • Phillip Avalon as Robbie
  • Steve Bisley as Boo
  • Mel Gibson as Scollop
  • James Elliott as Caroline's father
  • Debbie Forman as Caroline
  • Abigail as the woman in pub
  • Ward "Pally" Austin as himself
  • Judith Woodroffe as the waitress
  • Carl Rorke as Giuseppe
  • Ross Bailey as Nail
  • Hank Tick as Caveman
  • Bruce Cole as the man in car
  • Vicki Hekimian as Donna
  • Karen Williams as Gloria

Production[edit]

The film was shot on 16mm and blown up to 35 mm. Shooting began in October 1976 and took place near Sydney and Newcastle, especially in the town of Catherine Hill Bay.

Release[edit]

The film proved popular and had a long run. It led to a sequel Breaking Loose (1988).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ASO - Summer City
  2. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 322

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