Director: Wayne Blair
Starring: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Tory Kittles, Judith Lucy.
Musical comedy loosely adapted from the true story of four women of the Yorta Yorta clan who sang together in the late 60s and 70s; and based on the stage play The Sapphires. Set in the late 1960s Australia the narrative follows four Aboriginal women, looking to follow their dreams and become music stars. The girls enter a talent show in a local rundown pub owned by a racist owner (Judith Lucy) who has no intention of giving the small prize to a group of Aboriginals. Enter, Dave (Chris O’Dowd), a would be music manage, impressed with their performance sees the potential to make them soul singers. Despite his scruffy appearance and lack of experience Julie (Jessica Mauboy), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Kay (Shari Sebbens) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) are quick on the uptake. The group signs up to boost morale and perform in front of the troops in Vietnam. The transition is a test to the girls and their backgrounds but eventually they become The (fabulous) Sapphires. Similar to The Commitments, but no less enjoyable this is a feel good movie with some super music and good performances from the cast.