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The Sapphires

release date 09 November '12

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Larger-than-life sisters Gail, Cynthia and Julie, along with their wayward cousin Kay, have killer voices and attitudes to match. Performing Country and Western in an Australian outback singing contest, they catch the attention of Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), a struggling Irish musician with a penchant for whisky and a passion for soul music. It may not sound like a match made in heaven but Dave notices a sparkling talent in the girls and it becomes clear that they could be something special….they just need the right man to take them on. As they embark on a hilarious journey of highs and lows, courage and commitment, friendship and family, they discover that all you need to succeed is a little heart….and a lot of soul.


genre(s):  Comedy
director:  Wayne Blair
film cast:  Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Don Battee, Eka Darville, Georgina Haig
certificate:  PG
distributor:  Eone Films
running time:  103 Mins

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Sapphires, The
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7th Nov 12'
Based on Tony Briggs's 2004 stage play, The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing, feel-good comedy about four sisters who discovered their voices while entertaining troops in Vietnam. Director Wayne Blair applies a light touch to some potentially thorny subject matter - the enduring pain of a stolen generation of Aboriginal children forcibly taken from their parents, the devastation of the war on the indigenous population - but like the sibling's songbook, his film remains upbeat. Twenty-three year-old singer Jessica Mauboy, a runner-up on the Australian version of The X Factor, is luminous in her big screen debut, delivering a strong performance as well as the powerhouse vocals.

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