One great surprise in films for me that I had not anticipated enjoying as much as I did is The Sapphires, based on a true story and with amazing musical performers who portray the real life girl group during the 1960s. The costumes in the film are so cool and “right on” with the “empire” waistlines, mini – skirts and prints that were popular in the day.
I love films with themes relating to music, but especially when it is with music that is now considered “oldies” by some, and transports the viewer into a different time that really allows them to escape. Not only is the setting during the late 1960s, it is when the Vietnam War was going on strong.
In Australia, a group of young Aboriginal women, Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) have grown up together and sang as children. As adults and at different points in their life, some decide to set their sites on a singing career – in country music. They face racism in their local community as they try out in a vocal competition, but their conviction is strong. Their dream jobs take a different path as their lives are altered forever when they meet a self -proclaimed music promoter, Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd) at the venue.
I loved all of the actor’s performances, but O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, This is 40, Friends with Kids) is very good, especially in his humorous scenes, but in the dramatic ones as well.
Wayne Blair directs the screenplay by actor/writer/producer, Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson, based on Briggs play. Briggs is son of one of the original vocalists, Laurel Robertson, on who the play and film are based. The story not only relates the adventure of a lifetime for the ladies, but also the injustices and dangers they faced along the way.
I wholeheartedly endorse viewing this film and when you do, get ready to be transported!