'The Sapphires' Trailer: Can You Make It Sound a Little More Black?

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The Sapphires Trailer: Can You Make It Sound a Little More Black?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 30, 2012 | Comments ()


The Sapphires, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month, is based on the true story of how one shady producer (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd) transformed a struggling female black quartet singing country and western music into a Supremes' like girl group given the responsibility of entertaining the troops during the Vietnam war.

It looks funny, entertaining, and feel-goody, but not likely to pull down a lot of coin at the box office.

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  • Jack London

    I took my parents to see this yesterday, for Father's day, and we all enjoyed it. While the singing is great - and peppered generously throughout - the two highlights in the film involve Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman.
    Their interactions are the real delight of the film. Surprisingly for an Aussie movie, their broadly drawn characters - who could so easily (and disastrously) be caricatures - develop authentically over the course of the film. You get the feeling that rather than checking the "character arc" box both actors made the ordinary script into a much better story.
    The second highlight is the way the movie briefly, succinctly, and sensitively touches on the stolen generation (wherein aboriginal children were removed from the families by the government and placed with white families.) This too could have easily been ham-fisted, instead its a genuinely thoughtful (and surprisingly apolitical) representation that is included to provide a context non-Australians wouldn't be aware of.
    All in all, its an enjoyable toe-tapping movie.

  • Kevin McCandless

    Wow. I really, really hate the whole feel-good whitewashing of what went on in Vietnam but... This movie looks like a whole bundle of cute. If it's anything as good as the trailer, it's going to make major coin.

  • Chris O'Dowd came into the department store I worked at while going to uni when he was filming this! MY CLAIM TO FAME! Country town, Australia, REPRESENT. But, yeah, I'm probably not going to watch this because of Jessica Mauboy. She is the worst. It was nice of Chris O'Dowd to get on board with this film though, especially after the Bridesmaids fame.

  • Ed

    Albury or Wagga? I'm a Wagga boy.

  • Woah, Pajiba person who lives in Wagga. I'm in Albury. Worlds fucking colliding!

  • hippyherb

    cool, other Aussies on this site. Mornington Peninsula here.

  • I too LOATHE Jessica Mauboy but trust me she's not that bad in this. She sort of teeters on to sing and then fucks off. She's still the WORST but at least it's managable

  • Well, the thing is, ever since she repeatedly pronounced debut as "de-butt" I cringe waaaaay too hard whenever I see her ANYWHERE. Also, I have been chased down by people mistaking me for her... but they were probably just racist.

  • laylaness

    I'm just here for Chris O'Dowd. <3

  • chantal

    Where da Black girls at?

  • Bedewcrock

    And yay for Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter's marriage! They're both hilarious.

  • Jeremy Carrier

    "Can you make it more like Eddie Murphy? More Eddie Murphyish?"

  • Leelee

    Chris O'Dowd? Check. Adorable Irish accent? Check. Spunky soul singers? Check. SEQUINS? Check.
    I'm there.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I didn't hear an Irish accent, but you're right on the money with the rest.

  • Yup, I'm in!

  • tracey

    chris o'dowd rules.

  • Strand

    "not likely to pull down a lot of coin at the box office"

    Indie Aussie movies are almost never made to earn a tonne of money and are typically made on a shoe-string budget. They do very modestly in our box office and unusually well with home rentals. See: Red Dog, Beautiful Kate A Few Best Men.

    Now and then there's a genuine 'hit' ie. Priscilla, Young Einstein.

  • vlestragon

    Beautiful Kate: go see Geoffrey Rush's new film, they said. It's a masterpiece, they said. 0_0

    Speaking of genuine hits, Strictly Ballroom anyone? Also Looking for Alibrandi!! (a fantastic, moving film, great for Sydney-spotting and will probably alter your opinion of Matthew Newton).
    However, I think the best Aussie film I've seen was Samson & Delilah. Hands down.

  • Bedewcrock

    Muriel's Wedding?

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    See, unlike The To Do List, this trailer gave me a general outline of the story, a couple of laughs, a tug at my heart string and a generous helping of maybe I should see this movie. It's like Hollywood doesn't even listen to me. I'm going to have to pass.

  • phase10

    I like the cut of your jib(sp?).

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