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
The song that the girls sing as children, and that is repeated throughout the film, was originally a gospel hymn about Moses that has been translated into the Yorta Yorta language. See more »
All of the Tupperware shown is from the mid-70s and later. The colors are all 70s colors - avocado green, harvest gold, burnt orange - and Tupperware didn't introduce the Instant Seal until that time. See more »
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.
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Preceding the end credits is this tribute:
The women who inspired this story are sisters Laurel Robinson and Lois Peeler and their cousins Beverley Briggs and Naomi Mayers.
For over 40 years they have been active community leaders, working tirelessly to improve health and education for Aboriginal people.
Between them, they have 7 children, 10 grand children and 4 great grand children...
I never realised when my friend asked me if I wanted to come to the opening of the Melbourne International Film Festival with her to see some film called 'The Sapphires' that I knew nothing about, I would end up in my seat laughing, crying and beaming form ear to ear.
I was lucky enough to see the film introduced by the original writer who explained where the idea came from and how it all came together, but even without that introduction, I was blown away. The acting was amazing, funny, charming, believable and heart wrenching. You really wanted to be friends with all of the main stars in the movie, not just The Sapphires, but their families also.
I was lucky enough to meet Shari, who plays Kay, at the after party, and she was so humble and sweet. I am certain all of the cast and crew will have fabulous careers in the film industry and I can't wait to see more.
Thank you, so much, for bringing this story to screen. I want to buy the DVD now!
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