On Monday May 13, the Ancaster Film Fest will screen The Sapphires at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  Doors open at 12:15, 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. respectively.  Cost for non-members is $9 at the matinees and $10 at the evening screening.

The 60’s was a decade of turmoil and change around the world.   In 1968, in Australia, the racial divide was enormous even though the indigenous population were finally given the right to vote.  In the shadow of the Vietnam war four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission want the very unlikely opportunity to sing in front of white audiences. Dave (Chris O’Dowd – Bridesmaids), an Irish talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music,  secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, and written by the son of one of the original four sisters, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. The Sapphires received a ten minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win 11 of 12 nominations at the Australian Film Awards and the audience award at both the Denver and Palm Springs International Film Festivals.

From the last screening date, the Ancaster Film Fest donated $1000 to Ancaster Community Services.  Proceeds from these screenings will go to the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Films at Fieldcote.
Ancaster Film Fest is a member of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit which provides the best in International and Canadian Films to some 180 communities across Canada.  For more information on the Ancaster Film Fest visit their website,www.ancasterfilmfest.ca, their Facebook site, email ancasterfilmfest@cogeco.ca or call 905-648-2277.