Being friends with Clarkey means I have access to a plethora of film/TV/book recommendations and this is great when I’m stuck for something new to watch/read.
The latest film suggestion was The Sapphires- a story of four young Aboriginal Australian girls trying to make it big as a singing group. Clarke didn’t suggest this to me as such, but she mentioned she loved it when it was on the TV the other day, and I stumbled across it on catch up while looking for something to watch.
Described as a ‘feel-good comedy’ I was sold immediately. I have a terrible attention span for films and therefore have barely seen any that I ‘should’ have seen- this has become quite a joke with a lot of my friends and work colleagues. But this one caught me.
The Sapphires is set to the backdrop of the Vietnam War in the 60s, so although it is light hearted, it also has some grit to it, addressing some serious issues such as war and race.
The girls live in outback Australia with their families and dream of making it big in showbiz. They get their big break when they go to an open mic night and meet Chris O’Dowd- he becomes their manager and gets them an audition to perform for the American troops fighting in Vietnam, and of course, they land the gig.
The humour of the film is subtle, and the underlying seriousness is balanced with the right amount of comedy and relationships.
This is easy watching and an all round good film, so I would highly recommend it, but please note, it’s not one for the kids!