Winner! Best Narrative Feature (Audience Award), 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival
"The Sapphires sparkles with sass and Motown soul." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Packed with laughs! This gem of a movie will make your heart sing." - Chris Tookey, Daily Mail
"A slick, soul powered, feel-good movie." - Wendy Idle, The Times
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.
The Sapphires is an adaptation of the hugely successful Australian stage musical of the same name, and is inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs' mother and three aunts. The four Sapphires are joyfully played by AFI Award winner Deborah Mailman, Australian pop sensation Jessica Mauboy and newcomers Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens. Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) delivers a tour de force comic performance as their manager, that is at once incredibly funny, likeable and genuine.
Receving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestgious 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. (Dir. by Wayne Blair, 2012, Australia, 103 mins., Rated PG-13) Digital