To begin with, he feels that he has failed in his life as a musician and husband. The Sapphires, which was directed by Queenslander Wayne Blair, tells the true story of how the four indigenous women defied 1960s racism to entertain troops during the Vietnam War. Dave tells Gail that the girls’ dresses need to show more ‘cleavage’. I’ve started writing my life story.
Cynthia often talks about the ‘sexy soldiers’ and implies that she wants to sleep with them.
However, Dave knows that they have to put together a true act as opposed to the girls just standing and singing the country and western songs to which they are most attuned.
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. But I’ve only done one page. But there are themes and disturbing scenes that make it unsuitable for younger children under 10-11 years.
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Dave often seems drunk and hung over the next day. One thing - they will sing soul music. How true to life was it? 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. Although drugs aren’t shown, getting ‘stoned’ is mentioned in Saigon and in the army camps.
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). Here they are confronted by the contrast between the vibrant and buzzing city and the surrounding horrors of war. This week’s release, “The Sapphires,” tells the story of a 60’s girl group from Australia that toured Viet Nam to perform for American military. 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. Sadly, there are no films of their performances in the 60’s. Lois Peeler became Australia’s first Aboriginal model and is now the Executive Director of Worawa Aboriginal College, a secondary education facility for young Aboriginal Women, founded by one of her seven sisters the late Hyllus Maris. Four young women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance […]
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Warning: This website and the information it contains is not intended as a substitute for professional consultation with a qualified practitioner. They pass the audition, but are not prepared either for the constant need to prove themselves while in Vietnam or for the conditions of it being a war zone. We’re so proud of him. Naomi received an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. 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. In a flashback scene, government officials arrive at the girls’ home.
After a heavy night of drinking, he agrees to travel with the girls through Vietnam without a military escort. All four women still live in Australia. The Sapphires is a multiple award-winning musical play and film that is coming to the Princess Theatre stage…. Calling themselves the Sapphires, they arrive 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. Their cousin in Melbourne also joins the band.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie. Dave also finds a new sense of identity along the journey. Laurel: The movie had to be FKDQJHGTXLWHDELW Reveille: But you are two of four sisters? Lois: To cut a long story short: RXUJUDQGIDWKHU¶VQDPHZDV Macrae and he changed his name ZKHQKHZDV Laurel:6RP\VRQGHFLGHGWR XVH0DFUDH Reveille: If your son wrote it I guess you would have approved of the end result?
Outback Australia, late-1960s.
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A funny heart-warming award-winning musical play, inspired by a true story. 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. Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include strength, courage and determination. The main messages from this movie focus on identity and the importance of family and Indigenous tradition.
The Sapphires feature film is inspired by a true story about four extraordinary Aboriginal women, sisters Laurel Robinson, Lois Peeler and their cousins Beverley Briggs and Naomi Mayers. Over the credits, viewers get to see the real Sapphires and find out what happened to them. Your email address will not be published. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. Cynthia lies on a man and kisses him passionately. For example: The Sapphires is based on the real-life story of four courageous Indigenous Australian women. 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. Gail forces him to confront these ‘failures’, and he realises that there are more important things to work for. 16 OCTOBER HIT Productions presents the Sapphires. All rights reserved. And it was their aunt, not their cousin, who was part of the “stolen generation.” They have a great interview with Australia Geographic about their lives as singers and what happened afterward, and what comes next, and what they love most about having their story told in a movie: That someone took a chance on us. The other two were opposed to the war and did not want to go. Parents Guide, N word only pg-13 and lower, explicit stuff, tv-14 and under and games rated t and under. An Irish entertainer, Dave Lovelace, is working as an MC at a small pub. Kay has lived in both the indigenous and ‘white’ worlds and has to decide where her heart belongs. 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. This movie has some violence. For example: This movie has some nudity and sexual activity. Beverly and Laurel have tirelessly worked by her side striving to improve the health of the Aboriginal community. With Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens. That someone took the time to tell our stories.
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.
Some soldiers have amputations, eye patches and significant injuries. —Goalpost Pictures.
That my son, Tony, has received so many awards for telling our stories. Gail understands her role as ‘mumma bear’, looking out for her younger siblings and cousin. The next story Tony wants to write is about our grandfather on our mother’s side. All material © Nell Minow 1995-2020, all rights reserved, and no use or republication is permitted without explicit permission.
While sitting in helicopters, the girls see the body bags of dead soldiers. When he gets up, he does up his zipper. Key events from 1958-1968 are shown. For example: This movie shows some use of substances. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. The girls’ talent shines, and they move from performing in bars to performing for the soldiers on various army bases. Julie has a child, although she’s still a teenager. Not because it is the music to which he is most attracted but because it's what American audiences expect from dark skinned girls, Dave transforms them into a girl soul group. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide. Set in 1968, The Sapphires is based on the true story of four Indigenous Australian singers. He is impressed by a trio of Aboriginal women who sang country tunes in a pub competition.
Injured soldiers are shown in hospital beds. This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information. Both end up with cuts on their lips. 1968. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music.
Directed by Wayne Blair. Images of war show bombings and gunfire.
They’re stopped by local militias who aim guns at them.
Together with Dave, the girls and their cousin Kay (Shari Sebbens) head for Melbourne to audition for a job entertaining the American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination.
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. THE MOVIE MOM® is a registered trademark of Nell Minow. As they travel through the Vietnamese country side and within combat zones, the girls and Dave all learn about life, love and identity. This is why he drinks so much and wastes his life.
It is based on a play written by Tony Briggs, the son of one of the singers, portrayed as a toddler in the movie. The aborigines in Australia have recently been granted full citizenship rights in the country, but are still largely treated as second class by the white majority as witnessed by what happens to young adult sisters Gail, Cynthia and Julie - whose family has long lived on the Cummeragunja Reserve - at a local talent contest, where they are clearly the most talented but where they are all but ignored. Television images show Martin Luther King’s assassination and the resulting riots. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. An Irish entertainer, Dave Lovelace, is working as an MC at a small pub.
This isn’t what the girls and their families want. In an era of significant racial discrimination, they used their singing talents to entertain American soldiers in Vietnam.
This movie has some sexual references.
Outback Australia, late-1960s. These include JFK’s assassination, boxing matches featuring Lionel Rose and Mohammed Ali and images of war.
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