Film Name: The Sapphires
Directed by: Wayne Blair
Written by: Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson
Starring : Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5
These girls will sing their way into your heart. The Sapphires follows four young Aboriginal women as they head to 1968 Vietnam to embark on their singing career.
Sisters Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) live in rural Australia. A talent competition in the local town fuels their hopes to make a career in singing. Despite the disapproving looks of the pub’s white clientele, the girls take the stage. While their gorgeous singing is ignored by the locals, their talent is not missed by the slightly inebriated talent scout, Dave (Chris O’Dowd).
The temptation of paid work singing for American troops soon lures Dave, the girls, and their cousin Kay (Shari Sebbens), to Vietnam. They travel around the war-torn country, singing to soldiers and as they improve their act they also delve into their own relationships and their past.
The Sapphires, is adapted from the play of the same name, written by Tony Briggs. Briggs based the play on the real life of his mother Laurel Robinson, and aunt Lois Peeler, who went on tour in Vietnam in the sixties.
While the film adaption has a few unneeded scenes, and merely mentions issues of racism and war, rather than diving into them, it is a good story about the women and their shared goals.
Mauboy sparkles as the little sister with the amazing voice, Tapsell plays the outspoken and sassy sibling, while Mailman plays the parental Gail, taking charge of the group and giving manager Dave a run for his money. O’Dowd brings plenty of humor into the film, creating the needed laugh in scenes that would otherwise be too cheesy. Together the cast creates a singing group that has enough talent and attitude to entertain the masses.
This well made, well casted Australian film is a gem. The Sapphires is a heart-warming tale of four brave women, chasing their dreams during difficult times.
For strong characters, a good story, and a whole lot of soul, go on tour with The Sapphires. In cinemas now!
Category: Film & TV