Australian films lead the industry in one very important regard: tone. We may not make the biggest movies, or have been the first to establish certain techniques or stories, but we were and still are way ahead of Hollywood in making movies that hate their audience, in making blockbuster dramas ‘dark’. So when a story comes along about both the Vietnam war and the mistreatment of Aborigines at home it would be safe to assume that Zanex need be mixed in with the popcorn. Strangely then thanks to a few scattered soul numbers the darkness of The Sapphires is only skin deep, our industry perhaps learning how to handle large issues with something of a light touch.
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