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The Sapphires


Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium at 6:30 PM

Australia (2012, 103 min)

Director: Wayne Blair
Screenplay: Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson
Music: Cezary Skubiszewski
Costume Design: Tess Schofield
Cast: Miranda Tapsell (Cynthia), Deborah Mailman (Gail), Jessica Mauboy (Julie), Shari Sebbens (Kay), Chris O’Dowd (Dave Lovelace)

You could call it an Aussie Dreamgirls. I’d call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart. The truth at the core of this movie is that an Aboriginal female soul quartet had to push past racial discrimination at home to entertain troops in Vietnam in 1968.

Inspired by a true story, the Aboriginal sister act of Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) and young powerhouse Julie (Jessica Mauboy) isn’t going far at home with country & western covers. But Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), an Irish boozer reduced to playing piano in pubs, sees something magical in them, notably when they tear into soul music. With the addition of their snob cousin Kay (Shari Sebbens), ignoring her family to pass for white in Melbourne, the girls test their talent and luck on tour in Vietnam as The Sapphires.

The Sapphires won 11 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards and was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Remember to wear warm clothing as the auditorium is heavily air-conditioned.