23 April 2013

“The Sapphires”

Based on the true story of four aboriginal girls from a remote town in Australia in the late 1960s, this film shows how they rose above the deep prejudice that then existed against the native people.

They are spotted by Dave (Chris O’Dowd), a talent scout with a love of soul music, who takes the group under his wing and forms them into a group to rival the then famous Supremes.

Their big opening comes when Dave arranges an audition for them to travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops. This wasn’t without its problems and nearly ended in disaster.

A real feel-good film with some amazing singing. You may feel that on occasions you want to get up and clap, it’s that good.

It’s been described as ‘The Commitments’ meet ‘Good Morning Vietnam’, for those who follow the movies.