The highly anticipated Australian film The Sapphires, directed by Metro Screen Alumni Wayne Blair, has been invited to have its world premiere in Official Selection at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The Sapphires will screen in Cannes on Saturday 19 May. Wayne made his first two films with Metro Screen through the Lester Bostock Scheme.
Inspired by Tony Briggs’ uplifting, hit stage-play of the same name, The Sapphires is adapted for the screen by Briggs and Keith Thompson and is produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures Australia. The Sapphires is a musical comedy set against the social upheaval of the late 1960s. It stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell as an all-girl singing group who are discovered by an unlikely talent scout, played by Chris O’Dowd [Bridesmaids]. Plucked from obscurity on a remote Australian Aboriginal mission, the girls are branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes and dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops. Screen Australia is a major investor in the film, which has already achieved significant sales around the world.
‘Selection into Cannes, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, will truly launch The Sapphires on the international stage,’ said Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley. ‘There’s something very special about this film and there’s a huge amount of buzz about it already. I’d like to congratulate the filmmakers on this wonderful achievement.’