The Sapphires

Published April 2, 2013

The Sapphires

Film info

  • Title The Sapphires
  • Director Wayne Blair
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Follow your heart, discover your soul

The Sapphires is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices – called The Sapphires – are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women.

Live Blog

Time Comment
3:06 They’re a bit young to have made themselves into a girl band, aren’t they?
4:55 I love this film already, mostly for the brilliant accents.
5:18 “Rack off!”
6:44 Eek, that Yellow Bird song gets stuck in my head for months at a time.
15:54 Some excellent insults so far. Drongo. Goat face.
16:34 They’re definitely going to need a name people can pronounce.
21:25 “Everyone knows they’re nothing without me.”
25:41 Singing in Vietnam, or selling Tupperware at parties.
29:05 These are people who actually do seem to be breaking into song mid-conversation.
37:25 Loving this Dave Lovelace character.
45:03 That is a very pink shirt he has on.
52:08 Forrest Gump must be there somewhere.
1:05:01 “It’s all about the shoulders. They don’t belong to me, they belong to the music.”
1:17:57 I like the idea that the whole being married already thing is probably not as bad as it sounds. Probably.
1:20:00 Your glitzy, shiny dress isn’t exactly camoflauge.
1:28:09 They let her sing lead.
1:33:18 What do you do after touring Vietnam? That must be totally life-changing.
1:36:14 Singing on a trailer, I guess.


We’ve had this one sitting in our to-watch pile for ages, actually had it rented with those thirty days counting down ever so quickly. Our hand was forced when someone accidentally hit the play button, but it’s good because we may not have got round to watching it otherwise. The trailer sold it to us originally, but by the time we got to watching it, I’d mostly forgotten what it was all about!

Actually a really good film! It took a while to get going, and was utterly predictable at many moments. But it was fun, and the characters were great, feisty and annoying and creative and gutsy. The emotions at the end were a little overdone because it was quite obvious to all that it would be a happy ending. Still, Chris O’Dowd is in everything at the moment, isn’t he? I loved his portrayal, especially the conversation where he chose the lead singer, and the bit by the river.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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