"They all play to their strengths and their different personalities just gel together, so you never once doubt they are a family"
Chris O'Dowd seems to be like gold dust at the moment, and while British audiences would instantly recognise him from The IT Crowd, he has successfully cemented his way into Hollywood with a string of memorable performances in the likes of Gulliver's Travels and Bridesmaids, and now his turn as Dave in The Sapphires is no different, as once again he is simply a pleasure to watch - proving to be immensely likeable whether it be on the small or big screen.
Based on a true story, The Sapphires follows three Aboriginal sisters from Australia who are plucked from obscurity in order to entertain the troops during the Vietnam war, as the talented singers show an incredible degree of desire to work their way into such a situation. They are also joined by their estranged cousin - Kay - who had been taken as a young girl because she is fair of skin.
Just like runaway hit The Help, The Sapphires tackles the themes of ignorance and prejudice based on the colour of someones skin and while I enjoyed the film, I also sympathised with their plight. An example of such contempt is when they are thrown out of a pub after dazzling the audience with their musical prowess, simply for not being white.
Speaking of which the stand out star of the girls is Julie played by Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy. The popstar can definitely carry a tune and more than holds her own in an acting capacity, conveying the defiance of the character when she is told she can't go abroad with her sisters because she is too young.
Similarly, the other three members of the group don't slouch, they play to their strengths; we have the party girl - Cynthia - played by Miranda Tapsell, the aforementioned Kay played by Shari Sebbens - who is struggling to find where she belongs, and the motherly, strict eldest with a heart of gold - Gail - played by Deborah Mailman. They all play to their strengths and their different personalities just gel together, so you never once doubt they are a family.