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8 August 2012 (France) See more »
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It's what's in the groove that counts. See more »
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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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26 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Tanika Lonesborough ... Young Gail
Nioka Brennan ... Young Kay
Lynette Narkle ... Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ... Geraldine
Tammy Anderson ... Evelyn

Miah Madden ... Young Julie
Ava Jean Miller-Porter ... Young Cynthia
Carlin Briggs ... Young Jimmy
Gregory J. Fryer ... Selwyn

Miranda Tapsell ... Cynthia

Deborah Mailman ... Gail

Jessica Mauboy ... Julie
Koby Murray ... Baby Hartley

Hunter Page-Lochard ... Stevie Kayne

Chris O'Dowd ... Dave Lovelace

Judith Lucy ... Merle
Annette Hodgson ... Noelene
Tom Whitechurch ... Young Tommy
Shari Sebbens ... Kay

Georgina Haig ... Glynis

Rhys Muldoon ... Uncle Ed
Barry Conrad ... Singing Sailor (as Barry Southgate)
Ace Spencer Davis ... Singing Sailor (as A. Spencer Davis)
Rodney Todd ... Ed's Bass Player
Eric Rasmussen ... Ed's Guitarist
Julian Bel Bachir ... Ed's Drummer
Amy Miller-Porter ... Vera
Clarence Thane ... Bruce the Handyman
Merelyn Adamson ... Major Wicks

Meyne Wyatt ... Jimmy Middleton

Don Battee ... Myron Ritchie

Tory Kittles ... Robby
Kim Quyen ... Myron's Girl
Hai Thao ... Seamstress
Hoang Hiep ... Seamstress' Son
Cleave Williams ... Duggie
Marty Farrugia ... Max (as Martin Farrugia)
Ben Rodgers ... Fish
Jasper Sarkodee ... Pinky

Eka Darville ... Hendo

T.J. Power ... Lt. Jensen
Stuart Christie ... Government Official
Quan Tran ... Vietcong Commander
Wayne McDaniel ... Lou McGarrick
Johnny Brady ... Marine Sergeant (as Beau Brady)
Sam North ... Young Marine
Kenny Luu ... Desk Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scott Brantley ... US Soldier (uncredited)
Naomi Davis ... Local Racist (uncredited)

Blake Dubler ... US Marine 1 (uncredited)
Jake Ryan ... Cochese (uncredited)

Maria Tran ... Guerilla Fighter (uncredited)

Directed by
Wayne Blair 
 
Writing credits
Keith Thompson (written by) &
Tony Briggs (written by)

Tony Briggs (adapted from the stage play by)

Produced by
Rosemary Blight .... producer
Tony Briggs .... associate producer
Kylie Du Fresne .... producer
Lauren Edwards .... associate producer
Ben Grant .... executive producer
Soon Kie Lee .... executive producer
Belinda Mravicic .... line producer
John Sim .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Gordon Westman .... producer: Fatman Films
Tristan Whalley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cezary Skubiszewski 
 
Cinematography by
Warwick Thornton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dany Cooper 
 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
Randi Hiller 
Tamara Notcutt  (as Tamara-Lee Notcutt)
Natalie Wall 
 
Production Design by
Melinda Doring 
 
Art Direction by
Janie Parker 
 
Set Decoration by
Glen W. Johnson 
 
Costume Design by
Tess Schofield 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Bernard .... hair stylist
Sarah Bernard .... makeup artist
Chloe Brunskill .... additional hair stylist
Chloe Brunskill .... additional makeup artist
Melissa Chew .... additional hair stylist
Melissa Chew .... additional makeup artist
Wendy De Waal .... additional hair stylist
Wendy De Waal .... additional makeup artist
Dalia Fernandez .... additional hair stylist
Dalia Fernandez .... additional makeup artist
Troy Follington .... additional hair stylist
Troy Follington .... additional makeup artist
Victoria Forrester .... hair attachment
Victoria Forrester .... makeup attachment
Nikki Gooley .... hair supervisor
Nikki Gooley .... makeup designer
Ann-Marie Gosse .... additional hair stylist
Ann-Marie Gosse .... additional makeup artist
Kim Lambert .... hair attachment
Kim Lambert .... makeup attachment
Emma Matthews .... hair attachment
Emma Matthews .... makeup attachment
Kieu Thu Nguyen .... makeup artist: Vietnam
Bec Taylor .... additional hair stylist
Bec Taylor .... additional makeup artist
Ba Tuoc .... makeup artist: Vietnam
Maddison Turner .... makeup artist: Work Experience
Sheldon Wade .... additional hair stylist
Sheldon Wade .... additional makeup artist
Jackie Wallington .... hair stylist assistant
Jackie Wallington .... makeup artist assistant
Katie Wright .... hair attachment
Katie Wright .... makeup attachment
Leanne Belbin .... makeup/hair attachment (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tic Carroll .... unit manager
Lili Pham .... production supervisor: Vietnam
Trang Pham .... production supervisor: Vietnam
Anh Hoa Tran .... production supervisor: Vietnam (as Hoa Tran)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ziggy Coolahan .... fourth assistant director
Tremaine Egan .... third assistant director
Kenny Luu .... second assistant director: Vietnam
Andrew Pante .... additional assistant director
Tom Read .... first assistant director (as Thomas Read)
Tracey Rigney .... director's attachment
Adam Smillie .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Parihaka Beazley .... carpenter
Suzanne Buljan .... graphic design
Kate Campbell .... buyer
Kate Campbell .... set dresser
Chris Cleary .... senior buyer
Chris Cleary .... set dresser
Rebecca Cohen .... props mistress
Jodie Cooper .... art department assistant
James Cox .... standby props
Rohan Dawson .... set finisher
Matt Dunn .... carpenter
Chris Forde .... set builder
Greg Hajdu .... construction manager
Darren Hardie .... scenic artist
Shaun Hayes .... foreman
Marke Ikke .... foreman
Glenn Johnson .... greens
Marni Kornhauser .... additional buyer (as Marnie Kornhauser)
John Marsh .... designer: look book
Anna McEwan .... buyer
Anna McEwan .... set dresser
Rory Mckernan .... set builder
Anthony McNeil .... assistant standby props
Charporn Meng .... art director: Vietnam
Mark Panucci .... leading hand
Huy Hien Phan .... property master: Vietnam
Lauren Richards .... additional buyer
Andy Robinson .... scenic artist (as Andrew Robinson)
Peter Sheehan .... storyboard artist
Diana Snape .... art department coordinator
Jeff Sturm .... set dresser
Callum Webster .... design assistant
Tony Watt .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Shanti Burn .... boom operator
Glenn Butler .... second sound re-recording mixer
Jared Dwyer .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Emery .... dolby engineer
Katherine Glass .... sound attachment
Sue Kerr .... boom operator
Bronwyn Murphy .... dialogue editor
Ben Osmo .... sound recordist
Andrew Plain .... sound supervisor
Angus Robertson .... head of sound: StageOne
John Simpson .... foley artist
Lisa Simpson .... foley engineer
Pete Smith .... re-recording mixer (as Peter Smith)
William Ward .... sound effects editor
Tara Webb .... sound attachment
Megan Wedge .... atmospheres editor
Sam Zubrycki .... synch check technician
 
Special Effects by
Rodney Burke .... special effects supervisor: SPFX Australia
 
Visual Effects by
Geoff Aitken .... digital intermediate compositor: EFilm Australia
Chad E. Collier .... data operations manager: Method Studios
Dustin Cumming .... compositor: Method Studios
Jayne Da Costa .... senior visual effects producer: Method Studios
Rahul Deshprabhu .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Ian Dodman .... digital effects supervisor: Method Studios
John Durney .... digital intermediate compositor: EFilm Australia
Liz Ellis .... senior visual effects designer: Method Studios
Grant Everett .... digital effects supervisor: Method Studios
David James Henderson .... 3d artist (as David Henderson)
David James Henderson .... 3d artist: Method Studios (as David Henderson)
Chris Jackson .... compositor: Method Studios
Mike James .... matte painter: Method Studios
Danny Janevski .... matte painter: Method Studios
Gyuri Kiss .... lead 3d supervisor: Method Studios
Llaszlo Kiss .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Helen Kok .... visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
Konstantin Kovalenko .... lead animator: Method Studios
Rosano Lepri .... compositor: Method Studios
Blake Muir .... lead compositor: Method Studios
Jongsu Oh .... 3d artist: Method Studios
David Orman .... visual effects data manager: Method Studios
Tim Parsons .... compositor: Method Studios
Sebastian Ravagnani .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Gabriel Reichle .... lead compositor: Method Studios
Andrew Robinson .... visual effects executive producer: Method Studios
James Rogers .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
Adam Smith .... assistant visual effects editor: Spectrum Films
Ben Tanti .... compositor: Method Studios
Jonathan Taranto .... matte painter: Method Studios
Jensen Toms .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Randy Vellacott .... compositor: Method Studios
Rakitha Vithanage .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Rod Wallwork .... digital intermediate compositor: EFilm Australia
David Woodland .... matte painter: Method Studios
Chris Young .... 3d artist: Method Studios
Hunny Agarwal .... roto artist (uncredited)
Adam S. Jones .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vijay Kadapatti .... visual effects roto coordinator (uncredited)
Den Serras .... roto/paint supervisor: Deluxe (uncredited)
Richard Swan .... creative director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dean Gould .... stunt coordinator
Neal Horton .... stunt: Marine
Beau Karolos .... stunt: Marine
Leon Stripp .... stunt: Marine
Ben Toyer .... stunt: Marine
Dennis Kreusler .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Samuel R. Wright .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Barton .... best boy grip
Damien Beebe .... camera operator: epk
Jason Binnie .... first assistant camera: pickup
Paul Booth .... gaffer
Richard Brown .... scorpio head technician
Robbie Burr .... additional electrician
Garfield Darlington .... additional electrician
Drew English .... second assistant camera
Martin Fargher .... key grip
Russell Fewtrell .... best boy
Tommy Hankinson .... lighting assistant
Effron Heather .... additional electrician
Josef Heks .... generator operator
Sherlyn Hii .... second assistant camera: pickup
Glen Jenkins .... additional electrician
Ben Lindberg .... clapper loader
Nino Gaetano Martinetti .... director of photography: pickup (as Nino Martinelli)
Kyle Mathis .... truck loader
Joe Meyers .... additional photographer (as Joe Mayers)
Cornel Ozies .... camera attachment
Aaron Rapira .... grip assistant
Mr. Seven .... gaffer: Vietnam
Paul Shakeshaft .... focus puller
Matthew Temple .... camera operator (as Matt Temple)
Matthew Temple .... steadicam operator (as Matt Temple)
Ryan Thompson .... grip assistant
Lisa Tomasetti .... stills photographer
Jules Wurm .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Andrew Arbuthnot .... extras casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ghosne Aoun .... costumer
Zoe Churchill .... standby costumer: estras
Thanh Dinh .... wardrobe assistant: Vietnam
Lisa Javelin .... costume supervisor
Ruby Langton-Batty .... costume assistant (as Ruby Langton Batty)
Fiona MacKinnon .... additional stand-by costumer
Trang Pham .... wardrobe supervisor: Vietnam
Shane Phillips .... costumer
Heather Wallace .... stand-by costume assistant
Weave .... costumer
Carolyn Ruby Wells .... standby costume (as Carolyn 'Ruby' Wells)
 
Editorial Department
Simon Alberry .... operations manager
Kieran Bleakley .... dailies transfers
Kieran Bleakley .... video & dcp mastering
Luca Byrne .... first assistant editor
Lucas Cain .... video & dcp mastering
Kirstin-Marie Cetinich .... video & dcp mastering
Olivier Fontenay .... digital intermediate colorist
Alicia Gleeson .... assistant editor: Spectrum Films
Matthew T. Griffin .... digital intermediate editor
Katherine Heads .... digital intermediate producer
Samuel Leighton-Dore .... editor: epk (as Sam Leighton-Dore)
Peter Luczak .... i/o operator
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate supervisor
David O'Brien .... video & dcp mastering
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Anthos Simon .... post-production executive producer
Adam Smith .... editor: archive material, Spctrum Films
Nathan Smith .... i/o operator
James Sutton .... additional assistant editor
Kristian Whitlock .... video & dcp mastering
Henry Yekanians .... i/o operator
 
Location Management
Ed Donovan .... location scout (as Edward Donovan)
Thomas Grant .... location assistant
Peter Hicks .... location manager
Mena Magill .... location assistant
Daniel Power .... location scout
Hai Ta .... location manager: Vietnam
Tri Tran .... location manager: Vietnam
 
Music Department
Scott Aplin .... keyboard teacher and hand double
James Black .... musician: guitar
Mike Brignardello .... musician: bass
Daniel Brown .... additional music mixer
Pat Buchanan .... musician: guitar
Chris Carmichael .... arranger: strings, 'I Can't Hely Myself (Sugar Pie Honeybunch ')
Chris Carmichael .... musician: strings, 'I Can't Hely Myself (Sugar Pie Honeybunch ')
Doug de Vries .... musician: guitar
Chris Dunn .... musician: trombone
Adam Engelhardt .... overdub engineeer: Sound Emporium and Sony Tree
Paul Gray .... keyboard teacher and hand double
Paul Gray .... musician: additional keyboards, 'People Make the World A Better Place'
Paul Gray .... song pre-production programming
Robin Gray .... score recordist: Allan Eaton Studio
Stephen Hadley .... musician: bass (as Steve Hadley)
Tony Harrell .... musician: keyboards
Steve Herman .... arranger: horn
Steve Herman .... musician: trumpet
Jim Hoke .... musician: baritone sax
Bry Jones .... music producer
Bry Jones .... vocal recording engineer
Brett Kelly .... orchestra conductor
Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight .... musician: bass, 'Burnt Biscuits' and 'Hush'
Don Littleton .... musician: drums, 'Burnt Biscuits' and 'Hush'
Russ Long .... engineer: Nashville Band recordings
Russ Long .... engineer: The Brown Owl Nashville
Daryl McKenzie .... conductor
Daryl McKenzie .... orchestrator
The Melbourne Studio Orchestra .... musicians
Greg Morow .... musician: drums
Greg Morrow .... associate music producer: band recordings
Michael O'Connell .... recording engineer: C-Zee Studio
Vicki Philipson .... musician: oboe
David Pritchard-Blunt .... keyboard teacher and hand double (as David Pritchard)
Dave Raven .... musician: guitar, 'Burnt Biscuits' and 'Hush'
Michael Rojas .... musician: keyboards
Rich Sanford .... song pre-production programming
Jake Savona .... musician: electric piano
Christian Scallan .... score mixer (as Chris Scallan)
Gary Seeger .... music supervisor
Cezary Skubiszewski .... arranger: original music
Cezary Skubiszewski .... music producer: original music
Cezary Skubiszewski .... musician: electric piano and organ
John J.T. Thomas .... musician: keyboards, 'Burnt Biscuits' and 'Hush' (as John 'JT' Thomas)
Kyle Townsend .... composer: additional music
Chris West .... musician: tenor sax
Braddon Williams .... vocal recording engineer
Trent Williamson .... musician: harmonica and guitar, 'Burnt Biscuits' and 'Hush' (as Trent 'Kunga' Williamson)
Mark Zellmer .... assistant engineer: The Brown Owl Nashville
Damien Lane .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dean McGuire .... vehicle coordinator
Cameron Rock .... assistant vehicle coordinator
Rob Flanagan .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phi Anh .... production assistant: Vietnam
Jules Bayliss .... production assistant (as Julie-Anne Bayliss)
Lou Bennett .... cultural advisor
Melina Burns .... script supervisor
Charlie Carman .... Script Development Manager
Brian Carpenter .... unit assistant
Rachael Coopes .... drama coach
Raquelle David .... assistant to producers
Charly Destombes .... assistant press attaché
Deidre Eldridge-Doyle .... nurse
Emily England .... additional production runner
Mark Flynn .... freight: Reel Freight Solutions
Michaela Gerahty .... unit assistant
Scott Glading .... additional nurse
Ryan Griffen .... intern to producers
Lani Hepi .... production assistant
Milli Herzberg .... personal trainer: The Sapphires
Hai Ho .... production assistant: Vietnam
Hue Hoang .... production assistant: Vietnam
Mike Horvath .... production secretary
Milli Howson .... script amendments
Dennis Kreusler .... assistant military advisor
Tracey Mair .... publicist: TM Publicity
Gideon Marshall .... armourer
Bryce Menzies .... legals: Marshalls and Dent Lawyers
Christine Moran .... production accountant
Jane Moroney .... assistant accountant
Rosie Murray .... nurse
Chrissy Norford .... assistant choreographer
Stephen Page .... choreographer
Daniel Palmer .... production runner
Jolie Phillips .... post-production accountant
Andrew Playford .... unit assistant
Clare Pollard .... caterer: Camera Cooks
Steve Pratt .... insurance: Webster Hyde Heath
Natasha Saba .... additional production runner (as Natasha Saba Roper)
Lisa Savage .... archive researcher: Spectrum Films
Cassandra Simpson .... production coordinator
Kerri Smith .... additional nurse
Corrie Soeterboek .... completion guarantor
Peter Sparke .... military and webbing assistant
Tracey Rose Sparke .... military advisor (as Ian Sparke)
Adam Stripp .... safety supervisor
Takahiro Suzuki .... title and credits
Zeta Thomson .... cultural advisor
Jan Thornton .... lab liaison
Chop Tn .... production assistant: Vietnam
Dani Chau To .... production assistant: Vietnam
Anh Hoa Tran .... government liaison: Vietnam (as Hoa Tran)
Anh Hoa Tran .... script translator: Vietnamese (as Hoa Tran)
Xuan Tran .... catering: Vietnam
Tram Trang .... production assistant: Vietnam
Lauren Wild .... travel coordinator
Samuel R. Wright .... assistant military advisor (as Sam Wright)
Fiona Young .... unit assistant
Tom Jackson .... additional production runner (uncredited)
Tim Sawatzki .... assistant military advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Beverley Briggs .... especially like to thank
Sally Browning .... thanks
Jessie Mangum .... the producers wish to thank
Naomi Mayers .... especially like to thank
Lois Peeler .... especially like to thank
Laurel Robinson .... especially like to thank
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking
Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color | Black And White (archive footage)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 10 minute standing ovation.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the Nha Trang concert, they are shown as being protected by military police from the 716th MP Brigade. That unit operated in Saigon, not Nha Trang.See more »
Quotes:
Dave:Before we go than, girls when I met you you were doing all country and western thing and that's fine we all make mistakes. But here is what we learn from that mistake. Country and western music is about loss. Soul music is also about loss. But the difference is in country and western music, they've lost, they've given up and they are just all wining about it. In soul music they are struggling to get it back, they haven't given up.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Hold On, I'm ComingSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
519th Review: Lightweight but surprisingly fun, 6 December 2012
Author: intelearts from the big screen

The Sapphires is about four Aboriginal girls who get a chance at the end of the Sixties to go entertain the troops as a singing group in Vietnam. The film is one of those sneaky ones - not brilliantly made, or brilliantly acted - but it really does entertain - and isn't that the point?

Full of great soul music, some good laughs, some nods towards the Rights struggle, The Sapphires is above all big hearted and is always refreshingly straight forward about its objectives. It is, however, a huge plus in that it does have a positive message and a wonderfully different take from the usual patronising view of Aboriginal life.

If you like music movies like The Commitments you will enjoy this - we both thought it was pretty entertaining and a fun way to spend an evening.

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