Joy Cavill, this film's writer-producer, once said of developing the film script for this movie: "I told her [Dawn Fraser] I would only do it truthfully. There would be no attempt to whitewash anything she did...I decided that the really dramatic part of her life was between the ages of seventeen and thirty. The film concentrates a lot on her life after she gave up swimming. It was a very big change in her life, from being front page news all over the world to suddenly being nobody. That's told very candidly, and she was very brave to agree to do that. It took a lot of courage". See more »
This film is a bit pedestrian in its storytelling but it is redeemed by the beautiful Bronwyn Mackay-Payne as Dawn Fraser. She is also quite believable as an Olympic athlete and has a strong sensual presence. While this film is not on the level of Personal Best it is quite watchable and absorbing thanks to Ms. Mackay-Payne. I had hoped to see her work as the years passed but I have not had that pleasure. Was she herself an Olympic caliber athlete ? Since she was neither petite nor blond it is probable that significant roles were not forthcoming. If anyone has information about this actress feel free to e-mail me. I am a big fan of actors and films a little off the beaten path. So many films and TV programs feature young blond actors who can not act and seem to resemble each other.
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