The Dawn Fraser Story

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The Dawn Fraser Story
Directed by Joy Cavill
Lee Robinson
Written by Joy Cavill
Starring Dawn Fraser
Waratah Film Productions
Distributed by TCN 9
Release date
14 December 1964[1]
Running time
54 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Dawn Fraser Story is a 1964 documentary film about Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser. It was made by Joy Cavill, who later made a feature film about Fraser, Dawn! (1979), and had a romantic relationship with her.[2] It is one of the few Australian documentary films of the time to be directed by a woman.[3]

Filming began in August 1964.[4]

While filming at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Cavill suffered a heart attack.[5]


  1. ^ "What makes Dawn tick?.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 16 December 1964. p. 19. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dawn sets the record straight.(Local)", The Australian (National, Australia), News Limited: 003, 2001-06-01, retrieved 9 January 2012 
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p111
  4. ^ "Double helping of Project '64.". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 21 December 1964. p. 23. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Pat Gillespie, "Joy Cavill", Cinema Papers, May 1990 p79

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