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Unexpected Treat: The Sapphires

Friday, March 29, 2013


DELIGHTFULLY RICH AND ENTERTAINING!  The Sapphires is everything Sparkle was supposed to be, but even with the help of the late Whitney Houston, couldn't manage.

If you describe The Sapphires as just three sisters and a cousin form a singing group in the 1960's, then you're gonna yawn and say, I'll just watch Dreamgirls again.  But you'd be wrong.  The Sapphires is not only different because the girls are Australian Aborigines, with a white Irish screw up as their mentor/manager (Chris O'Dowd). It's different because it just hits every beat and note to perfection and I'm not talking about the Soul soundtrack.

Gail (Deborah Mailman) plays the eldest, mother lion, big sister of the group.  She's not the best singer or dancer, but she's large and in charge and constantly challenging Dave's (O'Dowd) authority.

Julie (Jessica Mauboy) is the youngest and like Michael Jackson has the most presence and best voice of the group.

Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) is the sexy one trying to get over being left at the alter.

Kay (Shari Sebbens) is the half white cousin, who was captured as a child and brought to Australia proper, to be raised among the upper class whites.  Her story opens up a whole other aspect of the film.

Here's a video interview with the female cast:

I'm a big fan of films and directors who are able to seamlessly and realistically maintain a balance of quirky humor with relevant drama; and in this case, engaging musical. Director Wayne Blair manages this effortlessly.  The movie is not so much about The Sapphires rise to fame, as all they ever really aspire to do is perform for the troops in Vietnam.  The heart of the story deals with the racial inequality of the Aborigine people, who in 1966, were still classified as "flora and fauna" by the Australian government. A minor cross cut with the US Civil Rights struggle happening simultaneously, brings to mind the whole question of dominate race once again. I read an article on called
How a Genetic Mutation Led to the White "Race"  whoa, the comments it elicited!

But let us turn our attention back to the delightful qualities of this film. Part of which is the dialogue and believability of the girls both as performers and family; including a romantic love/hate chemistry between Gail and Dave.  All this comes across mainly due to one half the the writing team, Tony Briggs, writing of which he knows, as he is the son of the real life Julie.  In fact, the whole movie is more than loosely based upon real life events.

The Philadelphia screening of The Sapphires included a Q & A with Director Wayne Blair ( See video below which is part 1 of 2 videos, you can find the second half on Tinsel & Tine's You Tube Channel.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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