Summer of Secrets (film)

Summer of Secrets is a 1976 film directed by Jim Sharman and starring Arthur Dignam, Rufus Collins, and Nell Campbell.[3]

Summer of Secrets
Directed byJim Sharman
Produced byMichael Thornhill
Written byJohn Aitken
StarringArthur Dignam
Rufus Collins
Nell Campbell
Music byCameron Allan
CinematographyRussell Boyd
Edited bySara Bennett
Secret Picture Productions
Distributed byGreater Union
Release date
  • 24 December 1976 (1976-12-24)
Running time
100 minutees


A young couple, Steve and Kym, go to the beach where Steve grew up. They come across Dr Beverley Adams, who is experimenting on the brain and is working to bring back his dead wife, Rachel, to life. Rachel comes alive and wreaks havoc.



Sharman was attracted to the script because it was a serious exploration of the Frankenstein legend.[4]

The budget was provided by the Australian Film Commission and Greater Union. The film was shot in late 1975 under the title The Secret of Paradise Beach.[1] Shooting took six weeks.


Summer of Secrets won several awards including the Jury and Critics' Prizes at the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, Paris 1997[5]


  1. ^ a b Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 309
  2. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, June–July 1976 p62
  3. ^ Summer of Secrets at New York Times
  4. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p164-165
  5. ^ The West Australian

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