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THE SAPPHIRES

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THE SAPPHIRES

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 103m 4s

Release date 07/11/2012

BBFCInsight Contains discriminatory language and mild language, sex and threat

Genre(s) Drama, Musical

Director(s) Wayne Blair

Cast includes Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Chris O'Dowd, Tory Kittles, Eka Darville

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/10/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE SAPPHIRES is an Australian drama about a musical group of four young Aborigine women who go to Vietnam to entertain the troops in 1968.

Discrimination

The film is set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement in the US and the institutionalised racism of the Australian establishment in the 1960s. In order to establish this, there is archive footage of Mohammed Ali saying he won’t be called a 'nigger' and scenes in which a young women calls her mixed race half sister a 'coconut'. There are uses of the terms 'Abo' and 'gubba'.

Language

There are some uses of mild bad language, including 'arse', 'balls', 'bullshit', 'crap', 'heck', 'Jesus Christ', 'piss', 'screw' and 'tits'.

Sex

There is a discreetly implied sex scene. It occurs in a romantic context and there is no emphasis on the physical aspects of sex.

Threat

At one point the camp in which the girls are performing comes under attack. Mortar fire causes explosions and soldiers are shown being shot. There is no bloody detail but there is a sense of threat as the girls flee from danger.

Other issues include one scene of mild violence, some scenes of emotional distress and some sight of smoking. The smoking is neither glamorised nor promoted and reflects the historical period in which the film is set.

Details

Title
THE SAPPHIRES
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
E1 Films
Classified date(s)
07/08/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
103m 4s
Approved footage
9276+0
BBFC reference
AFF292631
Registration number
CFJ26681

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