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The Sapphires: the screenplay


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Product Code: 978-1-921586-71-2

by Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs. Adapted from the stageplay The Sapphires by Tony Briggs

1968 was the year the planet went haywire. All around the globe, there were riots and revolution in the streets. There were hard drugs, soft drugs, free love and psychedelic music.  There was the shock of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy’s assassinations. And dominating every other news story…  There was Vietnam.

 For four gorgeous young women from a remote Aboriginal mission, 1968 was the year that changed their lives forever. Sisters Gail, Julie and Cynthia, together with their cousin Kay, are discovered by Dave, a down-on-his-luck Irish musician with attitude, a taste for Irish Whisky and an ear for Soul Music. Dave steers the girls away from their Country & Western origins then flies them to the war-zones of South Vietnam, where they sing Soul Classics for the American Marines.  On tour in the Mekong Delta, the girls sing up a storm, dodge bullets…   And fall in love.

Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youth, courage, love, family and Soul Music.

 In 2012 The Sapphires took the Australian cinema box office by storm, becoming one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time. The Sapphires won 12 AACTA Awards– including Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Tony Briggs, whose mother and Aunties are the original Sapphires and the inspiration behind the film, with co-writer Keith Thompson won Best Adapted Screenplay at the AACTA Awards and the Australian Writers Guild Major Award for Most Outstanding Script.