They hit each other across the face. It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. Outback Australia, late-1960s. He then walks from the car to the pub without pants on. Your email address will not be published. An Irish entertainer, Dave Lovelace, is working as an MC at a small pub.

Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. Seeing an advert for musicians needed to entertain the troops in Vietnam, he convinces them to try out for the gig. This is why he drinks so much and wastes his life. Girls dance in bikinis in a bar in Saigon. Yorta Yorta women born along the Murray River, they were part of an extended family of brothers and sisters who regularly sang together during the 1960’s and 70’s. Sisters Cynthia, Gail and Julie (Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy) leave their family in the country after being discovered by Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd). Over the credits, viewers get to see the real Sapphires and find out what happened to them. Some scenes show bodies of dead soldiers and civilians, as well as damage to buildings, houses and the countryside.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include strength, courage and determination. Naomi received an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. 1968. The Stolen Generation: what is the impact of the Stolen Generation’s experiences in the 1960s and also in contemporary Australia. Gail, arguably the weakest performer of the four females but who has always been the de facto leader as the oldest, and Dave are the one most often butting heads, but the old adage may be true that there is a fine line between love and hate. Sisters Laurel and Lois toured Vietnam in the late 1960’s singing to the American troops -­ an extraordinary achievement for two young Aboriginal women, considering that Aboriginal people had just received the right to vote. While sitting in helicopters, the girls see the body bags of dead soldiers. Four young women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance […] All four women still live in Australia. Lois is also the former head of Aboriginal Tourism Australia. For example: Children in this age group might also be disturbed by the scenes that show a child being taken away and the distress of her family. She realises this is connected to the guilt she carries from her childhood, when she couldn’t protect Kay from being taken away by government officials. Be the first to contribute! Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. Much of her new material can be found at, a play written by Tony Briggs, the son of one of the singers, the real Sapphires and find out what happened to them, a great interview with Australia Geographic, Carol’s Movies 12/3/14 | The Sierra County Prospect. Here they are confronted by the contrast between the vibrant and buzzing city and the surrounding horrors of war. An Irish entertainer, Dave Lovelace, is working as an MC at a small pub. Discrimination: the sisters and black soldiers in Vietnam face racial discrimination. The main messages from this movie focus on identity and the importance of family and Indigenous tradition. The other two were opposed to the war and did not want to go. Naomi Mayers has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Service for 30 years. For example: In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under eight years. Dave tells Gail that the girls’ dresses need to show more ‘cleavage’. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. That being said, this movie is so much more than a treatise of bigotry. So when Julie, the most talented and ambitious but perhaps the most naive of the sisters, suggests they all collaborate to audition to perform for the US troops in Vietnam, they all agree, they deciding to include their cousin Kay, who was part of the stolen generation that was taken away by the white authorities to live as white because of her fair skin, but who ultimately decided to stay away on her own volition.

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