Original release poster
|Directed by||Ken Hannam|
|Written by||Joy Cavill|
|Music by||Michael Carlos|
|Editing by||Max Lemon|
|Studio||South Australian Film Corporation|
|Distributed by||Hoyts Distribution (Australia)|
|Running time||109 minutes|
Dawn! is a 1979 Australian sports biopic about the three-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer Dawn Fraser, starring Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, written by Joy Cavill and directed by Ken Hannam. The film was entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.
The film deals with Dawn Fraser's rise to fame as a champion Olympic swimmer, her anti-authoritarian clashes with Australian Swimming officials, her triumphs, marriage and eventual divorce.
- Bronwyn Mackay-Payne as Dawn Fraser
- Ron Haddrick ... Pop
- Bunny Brooke ... Mum
- Tom Richards ... Harry
- John Diedrich ... Gary
- Gabrielle Hartley ... Kate
- Ivar Kants ... Len
- David Cameron ... Joe
- Kevin Wilson ... Bippy
In the 1970s Cavill wrote a script based on Fraser's life and showed it to Jill Robb and John Morris of the South Australian Film Corporation. They agrees to put up $250,000 and raise the balance of the money in exchange for 50% of the profits.
The lead, Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, was cast after a search that involved interviewing 1,200 girls and screen testing ten. Mackay-Payne had never acted before. Shooting began on 19 September 1977 and went for ten weeks, with studio work in Adelaide and location shooting in Balmain, Sydney, Melbourne Olympic Stadium, and Tokyo.
The film performed disappointedly at the box office.
- Cinema of Australia
- List of Australian films
- Australian films of 1979
- List of films set in Australia
- List of films shot in Adelaide
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p111-113
- "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
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