In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the ... See full summary »
Lie is a story told through moving image and music, a conscious decision that takes our audience on a journey, a journey inspired entirely by their own relationships and life experience. As... See full summary »
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. Written by
There really was an Australian girl group in the 60s called The Sapphires but they only had three members not four. When they were invited to tour for the troops in Vietnam, two of the group declined due to their anti-war stance, so the remaining Sapphire drafted in her sister to help her out. See more »
When in Vietnam the girls sing into a Shure Beta 58 microphone, easily spotted by the blue ring around the head of the microphone. The 58a wasn't in use until around 1996. See more »
People Make the World a Better Place
Composed by Jean Reynolds
copywright 1971 Dynastone Publishing Company
By kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Juanita Tippins
Backing Vocals by Jessica Mauboy, Jade MacRae, Prinnie Stevens See more »
I've just seen a screening of The Sapphires and have to say that it's one of the best mainstream films I've seen in a long time. It was exhilarating: making me cry, laugh and want to dance. Over the years, there have been some amazing films of and about Aboriginal Australia. One of the very best being Warwick Thornton's heart breaking Sampson And Delilah. Some people will belittle The Sapphires for not being similarly heavy but this film is not that film. This film, with it's Aboriginal writer and director (and cast, cinematographer (the wonderfully talented Warwick Thornton) and choreographer) is another film. It is a celebration of spiritedness and strength, lovingly made and deftly told. It left me with vivid impressions of the lives of the characters and of Australia at that time. Tremendous chemistry between Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman and the rest of the cast drew me in and up, as did the spine tinglingly good soul singing from Jessica Mauboy. Newcomers Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell were great too. I can't believe that this was Wayne Blair's first feature. Good on you Goalpost for bringing an important script to (hopefully) a wide audience and doing it with such flair.
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