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Tony Briggs co-writer of The Sapphires

By Aanya Whitehead
glenbrookcinema.com.au
Archived 5 Sep 2012 - Posted: 12 Aug 2012
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Special guest Tony Briggs thrilled audiences at Glenbrook Cinema sharing his experience.

A very enthusiastic audience was engaged by Tony Briggs, the co-writer of The Sapphires, sharing about the movie which is based on the story of his mother, her sisters and their cousin.

Introduced by Ron Curran, Managing Director of Glenbrook Cinema, and interviewed by Aanya Whitehead, Tony shared with us his thoughts and the thrill of seeing the play develop to a full musical film. Wonderful to see the staff all matching the movie in glittering blue!

The Sapphires is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices – called The Sapphires – are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women.

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 three aunts. The four Sapphires are joyfully played by AFI Award winner Deborah Mailman, Australian pop sensation Jessica Mauboy and newcomers Miranda Tapsell and Shair Sebbens. Bridesmaids actor Chris O'Dowd delivers a tour de force comic performance as their manager, that is at once incredibly funny, likeable and genuine.

Receiving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s. A jewel-bright charmer and an Australian classic, The Sapphires is not to be missed.

The Sapphires is showing at Glenbrook Cinema for an extended season from 9 August - 5 September 2012. Don't miss it!

This article archived 5 Sep 2012

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