The Sapphires…what a night for Aboriginal films

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actors, writers, producers and other film-folk take out an unprecedented number of awards in tonight’s Australian Academy Cinema Television Awards!

The Sapphires (film) took out 6 awards, including most of the top ones. Redfern Now (TV mini series) scored 2. And a number of other productions (including Mabo Now), actors and actresses were nominated.

Too Deadly!

If you haven’t done so already, check out these films and TV shows. Watch out 2014 ACCTA Awards…….

Footage from The Sapphires downloaded from YouTube.  

Film by Hopscotch Films 

The Sapphires is set in the heady days of the late ’60s when four young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, are discovered by an unlikely talent scout. Plucked from obscurity and branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, The Sapphires grasp the chance of a lifetime when they’re offered their first real gig – entertaining the troops in Vietnam. For the girls, a whole new world of friendship, love, war and soul opens before them. 
The Sapphires is an adaptation of the hugely successful Australian stage musical of the same name, and is inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother and her family. It stars AFI Award winner Deborah Mailman and Australian singer Jessica Mauboy alongside Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd, and features an unbeatable soul music soundtrack. Destined to be a smash Australian hit, The Sapphires boasts a great story full of love, laughter and tears, set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the 1960s, with wonderful performances from the entire cast.


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