The Sapphires was a fantastic movie, based around the lives of four incredible Aboriginal women who sang for the US troops in Vietnam. I have a weakness for musicals, and the vocal range of these women gave me goosebumps! I also really loved the very realistic portrayal of the relationships between the sisters, cousin, mum, dad, aunties, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. The bumbling manager was a nice touch. He’s a perfect example of the flawed hero.
Without giving too much away, The Sapphires describes the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in Australia, and how much of an uphill battle it was for them – and still is – to be respected. Watching this movie made me wonder abut the Stolen Generations – how unimaginable it is for me, but how much of a reality it is for so many Aboriginal families.
In Conversation With The Real Sapphires was a fantastic interview with the real-life heroines. Check it out!