The Sapphires

A somewhat true story is hacked up and spit out as superficial feel-good ’60s melodrama in the disappointing Australian movie, The Sapphires. Three Aboriginal sisters with some golden pipes get the chance of a lifetime when a washed up producer (Chris O’Dowd) helps them tour USO shows during the Vietnam War. Like so many “inspired by a true story” films, The Sapphires stitches together a movie nowhere close to reality, but director Wayne Blair and co-writer Tony Briggs (who based the story on his mother’s travels) deserve special credit for presenting the least realistic portrayal of Vietnam ever set to film. With half a dozen character arcs that are abandoned mid-movie, and an eager, talented cast of singers that can barely act, The Sapphires has all the appearances of a real film, but lacks even a hint of soul. —Jacob Boon

Credits

Director:

  • Wayne Blair

Cast:

  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Deborah Mailman
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Shari Sebbens
  • Miranda Tapsell
  • Tory Kittles
  • Eka Darville
  • Tanika Lonesborough
  • Nioka Brennan
  • Lynette Narkle

Writers:

  • Tony Briggs
  • Keith Thompson

Producers:

  • Rosemary Blight
  • Kylie du Fresne

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