The volunteers that run Film Kicks are getting prepared to host the final movie of the 2012-2013 season with a one night showing of The Sapphires on April 4, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The film is based on the true story of a trio of Aboriginal women who get spotted, singing country and western tunes, at a rural Australian talent show in 1968.
Dave (Chris O’Dowd), is an Irish MC who spots a genuine talent hidden behind the twangy music.
The film looks at the struggles the group faces and the legacy of institutionalized racism that was present in society at the time.
It also looks at the group’s journey which leads them into Vietnam where the girls to get into their soul groove.
The music in the movie is brought together by Australian Idol finalist, Jessica Mauboy’s lead vocals, and song selections from the Motown, Stax and Atlantic songbooks.
It could be said that 1968 was the year that changed the world, and in this case it did for the four young Aboriginal sisters.
The film won two awards (including best feature film) at the 2012 AWGIE Awards, along with awards won at the Denver film festival and 12 nominations at the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. (The film won 11 of the 12 awards it was nominated for at Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards).
To learn more about the movie check out the Kicking Horse Culture website at www.kickinghorseculture.ca