Sponsored by Strawberry Village Shopping CenterPresented in associated with Australian American Chamber of Commerce
Directed by Wayne Blair
Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Mirando Tapsell
Produced by: Rosemary Blight & Kylie Du Fresne
FOCUS: ROCK‘N’SOUL • Based on a true story, The Sapphires follows a 1960s Aboriginal Australian girl group as it seeks stardom, love and acceptance—almost like Dreamgirls Down Under, but with an Aussie accent and sensibility. Fresh from his stellar turn as Rhodes in Bridesmaids, Chris O’Dowd brings his considerable, scruffy Irish charm to the part of Dave, the group’s lazy, occasionally sober manager. Dave must transform the vocally stunning but hopelessly nerdy “Cummeragunja Songbirds” (sweetly crooning Merle Haggard) into the Sapphires, a Supremes-like quartet belting out Motown R&B while shimmying full-throttle in flower-print dresses and white go-go boots. But instead of making for the Apollo Theater, they get their big break entertaining US troops in Saigon. In fact, for these young ladies, racism, social justice and the Vietnam War form more than a backdrop; just taking the stage is an act of defiance. Ultimately, the transformative power of soul offers the redemption and healing everyone needs.
Film Note Writer: Jeff Campbell