"The Sapphires" began as a stage play in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004, written by Tony Briggs, set one year after the national referendum that expanded, at long last, the rights of the indigenous Australian population. The laws changed, but the racist attitudes toward Aborigines were, and are, a lot slower to adapt. This is the background of the story, based on the lives of Briggs' mother and aunt. One Aussie theater reviewer correctly predicted nearly a decade ago that "The Sapphires" would make a pretty fair movie. And here we are.