Source: screen cap, promotional trailer
form y The Sapphires single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of The Sapphires Tony Briggs 2004 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay are sexy, black, young and talented - and they've never set foot outside Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they're plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as Australia's answer to The Supremes, and - grasping the chance of a lifetime - dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops.' Source: www.encoremagazine.com.au/ (Sighted 26/09/2011).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Australia,
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      Goalpost Pictures , 2012 .
      Source: screen cap, title, promotional trailer
      Extent: 103 mins.p.
      Description: 1 videodisc (DVD)
      Note/s:
      • Released in France at the Cannes Film Festival 19 May 2012.

        Australian release date 9 August 2012.

      • Distributed by Hopscotch Films
      • Also in Blu-Ray

Works about this Work

Downtown Martin J. Livings , single work column
Meet the Woman Bringing Aboriginal Cinema to the Screens of Paris Sandra Phillips (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 June 2016;

'In a tiny cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris, something very unusual for French filmgoers is on display. For five days, the programme at Cinema La Clef is devoted not to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, nor to the finest French cinema, but to the best examples of Australian Indigenous film-making.'

'The first Festival of Australian Aboriginal Cinema (La Festival du Cinéma Aborigène Australien) will showcase films that may have garnered awards at Cannes, but are nonetheless unfamiliar to audiences in one of the world’s capitals of cinematic culture. It is the first festival of its kind in Europe.'

Shedding the ‘Victim Narrative’ for Tales of Magic, Myth and Superhero Pride Carissa Lee Godwin , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 June 2016;
'One of the things I love about my culture is the sense of magic within it. Everything was created from some greater power, and I can see why elders worry that our young people are losing that sense of magic, of wonder, within the oldest living culture in the world. ...'
The Real Sapphires Shine Bright at the NFSA 2015 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 11 February vol. 14 no. 392 2015; (p. 6)
'On 20 February 2015, Canberrans will discover the empowering true story of the legendary Indigenous all female group, the Sapphires!'
Putting Our Students in the Picture Penelope Debelle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 May 2015; (p. 50)
Spearheading Culture Belinda Seeney , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 19 November 2015; (p. 52)
'Stephen Page is...rehearsing and restaging one of Bangarra Dance Theatre's earliest productions...'
New Wave Rising : The Stunning Success of Indigenous Australian Film and Television Rochelle Siemienowicz , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 16 2014;

'When Deborah Mailman and Shari Sebbens, stars of the hit 2012 Australian film The Sapphires, made the statements above they were speaking breathlessly to the media after the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). Standing alongside golden-voiced songbird, Jessica Mauboy, Mailman and Sebbens were glowing with fierce pride, not just for The Sapphires' accomplishments - eleven AACTA Awards in total, along with critical success, standout local box office of A$15 million, and a global distribution deal with the Weinstein Company - but also for the nomination of ABC telemovie Mabo and the two awards won by acclaimed Indigenous ABC TV drama series, Redfern Now, which happened to be the first Australian drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians, and was watched by more than 700, 000 viewers.' (Publisher's summary)

Pop Pioneer with Jewel Role in Education Andi Yu , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 February 2014; (p. 14)
Case Studies 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography 2014;

'Synopsis and bibliographies for selected Indigenous Australian films from locations across Australia including: Samson & Delilah, Beneath Clouds, Bran Nue Dae , The Sapphires, and Toomelah. '

Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Locating The Sapphires: Transnational and Cross-cultural Dimensions of an Australian Indigenous Musical Film Therese Davis , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 28 no. 5 2014; (p. 594-604)
'This essay discusses transnational dimensions of the Indigenous musical film The Sapphires, based on the true story of an Aboriginal all-girls soul band that entertained American troops in the Vietnam War. It suggests that there are strong resonances between the film's story of four young Indigenous women who affirm their Indigenous identity while negotiating their way across national and cultural borders and contemporary Indigenous filmmakers operating in Australia's rapidly internationalizing mainstream screen industry. It argues that while the original Sapphires' adopted the American musical genre of soul as a means of breaking free from colonial forms of social restriction and racism, The Sapphires appropriates the film genre of the musical to tell the story of this all-girls group in ways that transpose the musical into an Indigenous cultural realm...'
Short Cuts Garry Maddox , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 December 2014; (p. 30)
The Nominees are... Colin Vickery , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 January 2013; (p. 3)
Sapphires Set to Sparkle Once More On the Awards Stage Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 January 2013; (p. 4)
Sapphires a Sparkler : Indigenous Film Shines at Aussie Acting Elite Awards Vicky Roach , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 January 2013; (p. 15)
Sapphires a Gem, Industry Peers Agree Michael Bodey , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 January 2013; (p. 3)
Sapphires Light up Stage by Taking Six More Gongs Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 January 2013; (p. 7)
Superheroes Sapphires Shine Garry Maddox , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 January 2013; (p. 7)
Sapphires Sparkle at AACTA Awards Darren Coyne , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 16 January no. 542 2013; (p. 19)
Good as Gold Michael Bodey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 - 29 July 2012; (p. 14-15)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Reviews with Nick Dent Nick Dent , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 5 August 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Tale a Gem in the Making Rodney Chester , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 August 2012; (p. 9)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Movies : Spotlight Ed Gibbs , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 August 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Film Phil Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 8 - 14 August no. 894 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Soul Sisters Mel Evans , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 15 July 2012; (p. 14-16)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Soul Sisters Shine in Gem Jake Wilson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 August 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Heart and Soul Ed Gibbs , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 August 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Singers Shine in a Rough Gem David Stratton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 August 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Soul Sisters Shine Their Light Simon Weaving , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 August 2012; (p. 28)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Aboriginal Voices Silence Vietnamese War Stories Tim Kroenert , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 10 August vol. 22 no. 15 2012;

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Sparkle in the Rain Sandra Hall , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 August 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Ticket : The Sapphires Sacha Molitorisz , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , August no. 112 2012; (p. 64)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Noted : The Sapphires Adrian Martin , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 81 2012; (p. 65)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
The Sapphires is a Gem 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Koori Mail , 22 August no. 533 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Untitled 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Lesbians on the Loose , September vol. 23 no. 9 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
Diverting if Not Defiant Oliver Downes , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: RealTime , October-November no. 111 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
'Although The Sapphires is diverting enough, by so completely obscuring the difficult questions of power, class and racial violence raised by the story with the redemptive narratives of individual love and the ‘transcendental’ power of music, the filmmakers do their material a disservice.'
DVD Letterbox : The Sapphires Stephen Fitzpatrick , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 December 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Sapphires Keith Thompson Tony Briggs 2012 single work film/TV
A Big Day for... Sapphires to Shine Matt Buchanan , Scott Ellis , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 September 2011; (p. 16)
Call of Duty Trip of a Lifetime Matt Buchanan , Scott Ellis , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 September 2011; (p. 22)
Local TV Booms but Films Fall Behind Clare Kermond , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2011; (p. 10)
Kath, Kim and Baz to Rejuvenate Box Office After Show Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 January 2012; (p. 12)
Sapphires Set in French Fest Tristan Swanwick , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 May 2012; (p. 25)
Cannes Red Carpet Awaits Sisters of Song Nathanael Cooper , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 10 May 2012; (p. 3)
Director Revels in Dicing with Deadlines Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 May 2012; (p. 16)
Oscars Expert for Sapphires Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 May 2012; (p. 15)
Sapphires To Adorn International Settings Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 May 2012; (p. 15)
Shortcuts Paul Kalina , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2012; (p. 18)
Gem of a Film Shines in Cairns, Sorry, Cannes Stephanie Bunbury , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 May 2012; (p. 4-5)
Jewel in the Crown Ed Gibbs , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 May 2012; (p. 6)
Aussie Stars Shine as Gem of a Movie Premieres to Acclaim at Cannes 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 May 2012; (p. 14)
A Big Night for...Sapphires to Sparkle Matt Buchanan , Scott Ellis , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 May 2012; (p. 18)
Sapphires' Supreme Effort All Set to Dazzle Cannes Stephanie Bunbury , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 May 2012; (p. 4)
Sapphires to Rock Midnight in Cannes Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 May 2012; (p. 15)
Sapphires Proves a Gem As It Steals the Show at Cannes Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 May 2012; (p. 3)
Sapphires To Sing at Cannes 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 16 May no. 526 2012; (p. 13)
Reel Time Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 May 2012; (p. 15)
Cannes Goods Matt Buchanan , Scott Ellis , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 May 2012; (p. 24)
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