The words, inspired by a true story, are enough to send many film fans scattering for cover based on some very shady movies that have abused the moniker. The Sapphires however, as their name implies, shines, and how closely o the truth the film follows, you won’t care. This is after-all a feel good movie that does just that, makes you feel good. The film looks at the early life of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from the back of beyond. Raised in a racist society, it’s not until a drunk, has been Irish music manager recognises their talent, that the girls get their break: entertaining the troops in Vietnam.
The film tackles all the usual themes; racism, love, infighting and of course, the war. But it doesn’t shy away from one of Australia’s darkest hours – the stolen generation.
The film would have been just another formula movie if it weren’t for two things. The first being Chris O’Dowd’s injection of humour as the drunken Irish manager, and the second being the infectious nature of the four soul sisters. A truly magical journey that will life anyone’s spirits.
PG Violence, coarse language and sexual references.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read