The Sapphires is a feel-good Australian musical comedy-drama about four singing Aboriginal soul sisters who entertain US troops in 1968 Vietnam - based on a true story (and a 2004 play by Tony Briggs, son of one of the Sapphires) this film is a delight, packed with covers of many 1960s hits.
Gail, Cynthia and Julie are three sisters who live on a farm and sing country music at a local talent show where they experience prejudice from the locals and admiration from Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), an alcoholic musician who is reduced to running the talent show out of the town pub.
In the sisters Dave sees big talent. He becomes their manager and turns them into a soul group.
Ultimately, they end up auditioning for some American military brass for performances in Vietnam.
In grooming the girls for stardom, Dave weans them off their beloved Country Music and switches them on to the blood beat of Soul (with a very funny breakdown of fundamental difference between the genres), and in very short order, they’ve gotten the nod for a tour of duty and have landed in Saigon.
The film pulses with a heartfelt energy, it’s an old school crowd pleaser with a great soundtrack and Ireland’s favorite at the moment Chris O’Dowd is comedy gold. The Sapphires is a diamond in the rough. Do not miss it!
Organized as part of Bealtaine the Irish National Arts Festival celebrating creativity in older age, this film will be screened at The Source Arts Centre as part of the Bealtaine Film Tour on Wednesday, May 29th at 2pm - tickets are priced at E5.
Bookings can be made by calling 0504 90204 or visiting www.thesourceartscentre.ie.