Director: Wayne Blair
Writer(s): Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson
Cast: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy
Awards: Won 11 Austrailan Film Institute awards
THE SAPPHIRES is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices – called The Sapphires – are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women.
Receiving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, THE SAPPHIRES is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s. A jewel-bright charmer and an Australian classic, THE SAPPHIRES is not to be missed.