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The Sapphires

  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Wayne Blair
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

An Irish music manager discovers four Aboriginal Australian 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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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DaveChris O'Dowd
GailDeborah Mailman
JulieJessica Mauboy
KayShari Sebbens
CynthiaMiranda Tapsell
RobbyTory Kittles
HendoEka Darville
Nanny TheresaLynette Narkle
GeraldineKylie Belling
SelwynGregory J Fryer
Myron RitchieDon Battée
Lt JensonT J Power
Young GailTanika Lonesborough
Young KayNioka Brennan

Crew

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DirectorWayne Blair

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2012-11-02
Language
English
Guidance
Some swearing and sexual situations.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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