|Genre:||Australian, Musical, Recent Releases|
|Run Time:||103 minutes|
|Year of Release:||2012|
|Consumer Advice:||Mild Violence, Themes, Coarse Language and Sexual References|
The Sapphires is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices – called The Sapphires – are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia's answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women. The Sapphires is an adaptation of the hugely successful Australian stage musical of the same name, and is inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs' mother and three aunts. The four Sapphires are joyfully played by AFI Award winner Deborah Mailman, Australian pop sensation Jessica Mauboy and newcomers Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens. Bridesmaids actor Chris O'Dowd delivers a tour de force comic performance as their manager, that is at once incredibly funny, likeable and genuine.
Receiving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s. A jewel-bright charmer and an Australian classic, The Sapphires is not to be missed.
Director Wayne Blair always hoped Australia would embrace The Sapphires, but he never expected the film to dominate the 2nd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards as clearly as it did.
The feel-good musical took home six prizes on Wednesday night, bringing its total to 11 following Monday's earlier awards presentation.
Backstage, Blair said he...
Many of Australia's A-list film stars are in Sydney tonight to celebrate the 2nd annual AACTA Awards.
Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett and have all graced the Star Events Centre this evening, where Les Miserable star Russell Crowe is hosting the event.
Aussie film The Sapphires is a nomination favourite, with 12 nominations.
The Sapphires wowed the critics and pulled in the audiences last year but the film failed to make it into the Top 10 at the Australian box office for the year.
Aussie cinemagoers forked out 1.125 billion dollars last year - up 2.5 per cent over the previous year and just 0.2 per cent off the record set in 2010).
Superheroes took the lion's share of box office takings, with...
After sparkling at film festivals around the world, including a standing ovation at Cannes, The Sapphires continues to garner accolades with 12 nominations at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
Three of those nominations, announced in Sydney today, are for the film's cast, including Best Actor for Chris O'Dowd, Best Actress for Deborah Mailman and Best...
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Australian film The Sapphires has made a sparkling box office debut, coming in at No 2 in its opening weekend.
It raked in $2.340 million over the weekend, surpassed only slightly by the latest Batman blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises.
The Sapphires is a film based on a true story of four young Aboriginal women who sing for US troops during the Vietnam war.
It was the...
The cast of The Sapphires have put aside warm memories of the Cannes Film Festival to focus on the real business of making a hit Australian movie.
Actors enjoyed a police escort and a 10-minute standing ovation during their red carpet welcome in Cannes but say a positive reaction from Australian fans is the priority.
After a round of well-received national screenings in which...
The Sapphires may have received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, but its Australian premiere was held before even tougher critics - the families of the cast and the Australian public.
For Jessica Mauboy and the rest of the cast, Thursday night's Australian premiere produced a heady mixture of nerves and excitement.
Mauboy walked the red carpet of the...
Mabo star Deborah Mailman was struggling to hold back tears as she walked the red carpet on Thursday with the widow of indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo at the world premiere of a film about the couple's life.
They were joined on the red carpet by over a dozen people from the Mabo family, as well as the telemovie's director Rachel Perkins and its star Jimi Bani, who...