The Sapphires

  • PG
  • Wayne Blair (2012)
  • Aus
  • 99 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Four young Aboriginal women overcome significant obstacles in 1968 to pursue their girl group dreams in this hugely engaging comedy drama inspired by a 2005 play that author Tony Briggs wrote about his mother and three aunts. The quartet is spotted in a dust bowl Australian town by talent show emcee and chancer Dave (Chris O'Dowd), who agrees to be their manager and take them on a tour of Vietnam to entertain US marines with classic soul music. Director Wayne Blair navigates matters of racism and social revolution to provide a model feel-good movie that sparkles with heartfelt humour, terrific stage turns by all four women (including Deborah Mailman of Rabbit-Proof Fence) and a hit-packed Stax/Motown soundtrack. It's all anchored by a snappily sarcastic O'Dowd whose scene-stealing performance is a revelation, but this is a poignant story, too, with a moving tribute to the real-life "dream girls", pictured in the closing credits. The perfect crescendo to a rousing film.

Plot Summary

An Irish music manager discovers four Australian aboriginal singers in a remote mission in the 1960s, and plans to turn them into their country's answer to the Supremes. The naive girls face a challenging journey to stardom when they are sent to entertain American troops in the Vietnam War. Drama, starring Deborah Mailman and Chris O'Dowd.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dave
Chris O'Dowd
Gail
Deborah Mailman
Julie
Jessica Mauboy
Kay
Shari Sebbens
Cynthia
Miranda Tapsell
Robby
Tory Kittles
Hendo
Eka Darville
Nanny Theresa
Lynette Narkle
Geraldine
Kylie Belling
Selwyn
Gregory J Fryer
Myron Ritchie
Don Battée
Lt Jenson
T J Power
Young Gail
Tanika Lonesborough
Young Kay
Nioka Brennan

Crew

Director
Wayne Blair

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment One
Guidance: 
Some swearing and sexual situations.
Available on DVD
Released 2 Nov 2012
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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