Informit article: The Sapphires stay at home

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The resounding success of ‘The Sapphires’ seems a significant moment in Australian culture. The film has not only been a popular hit with mainstream audiences, it has also received the top AACTA awards in the industry, winning best film, director and female actor. This energetic comic tale is seen as a ‘positive Indigenous story’, by contrast to the hard truths of films such as Samson and Delilah. I certainly enjoyed the powerful Deborah Mailman, the enlivening Irish manager, the pumping soul music and even the inventive editing. As the writer Tony Briggs said, ‘I wanted this film to be more about fun and entertainment than anything else’. Enough said?

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