This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: FAST AND FURIOUS 6

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez).
The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel
DIRECTOR: Justin Lin

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Chris-O'Dowd-and-Deborah-MaFILM: THE SAPPHIRES

Four smart, gutsy young Australian Aboriginal women become unlikely stars in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of allies, in ‘The Sapphires’. Set in 1968, the film follows Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) as they seize a risky, but irresistible, chance to launch a professional career singing for U.S. troops in Vietnam. Under the tutelage of an R&B-loving Irish musician, Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), the girls transform themselves into a sizzling soul act and set out to make a name for themselves hundreds of miles from home. Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is a celebration of music, family and self-discovery.
In 2005, actor/director Wayne Blair starred in the original production of the stage play, ‘The Sapphires’. He had little idea of the extraordinary presence this amazing story, inspired by real events, would have in his life over the coming years.

Writer/actor Tony Briggs wrote ‘The Sapphires’ to tell his own family’s story. The play was an immediate hit, playing to packed theatre audiences across Australia. Briggs himself took over Blair’s role when Blair was invited to the Berlin Film Festival with his short film ‘The Djarns Djarns’.
Blair returned from Berlin, with the Crystal Bear Award for Best Short Film in hand, and the emerging idea of directing a feature film based on ‘The Sapphires’. Briggs had begun thinking seriously about a film version, having been approached by several producers, and he wanted Blair to direct.

“When I read this script I feel the energy and emotion pulsing in my veins,” says Blair of Briggs’s screenplay.
In Australia 1968, the racial divide was significant. The Sapphires are four black twenty-something women who for one brief period of time, have an opportunity to transcend beyond the circumstances they’re born into and reach their full potential not only as musical talents but more so as human beings.
“Aboriginal people had just got the right to vote. My own Nana died in 1966… she died in her own country classed as an outsider,” adds Blair.
CAST: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell
DIRECTOR: Wayne Blair