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Published January 12th 2013
A must see Australian film
One Tuesday I found myself with nothing to do, so I headed to the local video store to take advantage of cheap Tuesday. Scanning the shelves I decided upon four films, one of which was The Sapphires. I figured 'I should probably watch this. Then I could say I have seen it.' As you may have been able to tell, I didn't have high expectations. An Australian Musical didn't really seem possible to be able to pull it off. But boy was I so wrong.
The Sapphires (2012) tells the story of a young female singing quartet who originated from an Aboriginal mission. Once they are discovered by an Irish, soul-loving manager the girls find themselves singing and performing for the troops in Vietnam during the war. Each of the girls has a story to tell, and through the movie each one develops into strong women through learning about love, friendship and war.
The women go on a journey to learn about love, friendship and war.
The story is based on the life events of the mother, and her friends, of writer Tony Briggs. As in the story of The Sapphires, these women journeyed to Vietnam to perform for the soldiers. Director Wayne Blair does a magnificent job in bringing this story to life and portrays such a magnificent story where you feel as though you are there with the girls as they go through their journey.
Shooting was done both here in Australia and Vietnam; which surprised me when I found out that they actually went to Vietnam. Finding this out allowed me to appreciate the film even more. Overuse of green screen technology and just making up sets can take away some of the magic. So it was great to know they actually went to Vietnam for some of the film shooting.
The film first premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, on 19th May, and after the screening the audience gave the cast and crew a ten minute standing ovation, which I believe was very much deserved.
This is a must see Australian film. I found myself laughing, crying and filled with hope throughout the film.
The Sapphires was one of the best movies of 2012, but curiously didn't make the top 10 list published in WN late last year. I saw it twice and "I found myself laughing, crying and filled with hope throughout the film. " is totally true for me and the various people I saw the Sapphires with. Brilliant movie, if you haven't seen it make sure you do.