The Sapphires Rock MIFF

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The Sapphires rocked last night’s opening of the Melbourne International Film Festival. It was easy to see why this brilliant new movie received a 10-minute standing ovation atCannes. The story is based on the experience of four Yorta Yorta women singing for the troops at the height of the Vietnam War.

Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell are pictured here with the real-life Sapphires (Gail, Julie, Kay and Cynthia) who graced the red carpet on opening night. Chris O’Dowd plays their scruffy manager with trademark Irish wit and charm.

Wayne Blair’s directorial debut looks set to scoop the 2013 AACTAs (AFI Awards) and possibly have a tilt at a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Actor and now screenwriter Tony Briggs told us before the screening that he grew up listening to his mother’s stories about The Sapphires touring Vietnam. Briggs teamed with veteran screenwriter Keith Thompson to create a funny, moving and fast-paced script that manages to remain personal and authentic while depicting the turbulence of the times in its stride.

Jessica Mauboy’s vocal pyrotechnics redefine some of the soul music classics featured. Locations from rural Albury to war-ravaged Vietnam are sprinkled with historical footage into a seamless and satisfying whole. Well worth turning off the Olympics and braving a winter’s night for.


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