Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Christopher Fraser|
|Produced by||Phil Avalon|
|Written by||Phil Avalon|
Ward "Pally" Austin
|Music by||Phil Butkus|
|Edited by||David Stiven|
Avalon Film Corporation Studio
|Distributed by||Intertropic films|
|22 December 1977|
|Budget||A$66,000 or $200,000|
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.
- Mel Gibson as Scollop
- John Jarratt as Sandy
- Phil Avalon as Robbie
- Steve Bisley as Boo
- 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
- Gary Tidd as Rocker in milk bar
- Len Purdie as rocker in milk bar
The script was autobiographical, Avalon having been a passionate surfer for most of this life and grown up in Newcastle. He also served in the army for several years (although not in Vietnam). he says he offered the script to Brian Trenchard-Smith who direct but Trenchard-Smith suggested Avalon direct it himself because he knew the subject matter so well. Avalon gave the job to Chris Fraser, a young director who had another project Avalon was going to produce.
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.
Avalon invested $25,000 of his own money. He had another investor provide $25,000 plus twelve friends who put in $8,000.
The film proved popular and had a long run. It led to a sequel Breaking Loose (1988).
- ASO - Summer City
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 322
- Avalon, Phil (2015). From Steel City to Hollywood. New Holland. p. 125-150.
- Summer City on IMDb
- Summer City at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Summer City at Oz Movies
- Summer City at Australian Screen Online
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