|Dave tries to teach a group of girls how to become a girl group|
|Australian Geographic tells us where they are now: The Sapphires today.|
While the film may vary more than slightly from the real-life circumstances of The Sapphires, it features some strong performances and great music. The girls' struggles, as indigenous aboriginal Australians, gives viewers a look at a culture and a time they might not have thought about previously. Especially moving and horrifying is Kay's backstory, which highlights how lighter-skinned aboriginal children were separated by the Australian government from their families and raised "white."
O'Dowd is very good as the girls' irresponsible but well-meaning mentor. He provides not only comic relief, but also a romantic subplot as well. The Sapphires is a nice little film that may follow a typical rise-and-fall-of-a-musical-band movie plot trajectory, but adds both some local color and history that make it a real film find.