The Dawn Fraser Story

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]

The Dawn Fraser Story
Directed byJoy Cavill
Lee Robinson
Written byJoy Cavill
StarringDawn Fraser
Waratah Film Productions
Distributed byTCN 9
Release date
14 December 1964[1]
Running time
54 minutes

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, 1 June 2001, 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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