Sovereignty, song and 'The Sapphires' (Wayne Blair 2012)
Starrs, D. B. (2014) Sovereignty, song and 'The Sapphires' (Wayne Blair 2012). Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 17(2), pp. 43-55.
With its foregrounding of the political issue of the denial of Aboriginal Australian sovereignty by British invaders in its big budget, mainstream narrative, 'The Sapphires' (Wayne Blair 2012) is shown to be another example of a "fourth formation" (Starrs 2012) in Moore and Muecke's 1985 model. Blair's feel-good movie features an all-Aboriginal Australian troupe of singers, The Sapphires, who undertake a journey of self-discovery whereby they learn the importance of choosing the protest songs of black Soul over the white coloniser's "whining" Country and Western songs and this is historically contextualised with a discussion of Aboriginal Australians and popular radio. Furthermore, this paper argues the iconic 'Welcome to Country' is twice subverted to reinforce this theme, firstly in the Cummeragunja pub and secondly in war-torn Vietnam. Finally, the prediction is made that a "fifth formation", in which seeking recognition of Aboriginal Australian sovereignty is no longer the goal because it has become the ongoing reality, will soon be the project of Australian film-makers as they celebrate this long overdue societal shift.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|ISSN:||1440 – 5202.|
|Copyright Owner:||Bruno Starrs|
|Deposited On:||13 Aug 2014 21:57|
|Last Modified:||15 Aug 2014 08:37|
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