The 2013 Bealtaine Film Tour will be bringing The Sapphires and The Glenn Miller Story to audiences across Ireland as part of Bealtaine, Ireland’s unique festival celebrating creativity as we age. The tour, presented by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute, will be launched at the IFI on Wednesday 24th April.
Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. The film stars Irish actor Chris O’Dowd and is just brimming with Motown hits. Staying with a musical theme, The Glenn Miller Story traces Miller’s rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of the most successful big band of his era. Given an officer’s commission during World War II, Miller – played by James Stewart – helms the swingin’est military band ever heard.
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The Glenn Miller Story is definitely worth watching, and I imagine the festival’s audience will really enjoy it. The film’s a bit uneven, but very enjoyable, especially for those who like traditional jazz music. In case anyone’s interested, I wrote my thoughts about it at my blog: http://everyoscarever.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-glenn-miller-story-1954.html