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The Sapphires sweep 2nd AACTA awards

The songbirds were singing in Sydney last night, where local hit The Sapphires concluded its victory lap with an impressive haul of 11 awards at the 2nd annual AACTAs. The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts deemed The Sapphires the Best Film of the Year, and also bestowed upon Wayne Blair the prize for Best Direction. Stars Deborah […]

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Interview: Wayne Blair (The Sapphires)

Interview: Wayne Blair (The Sapphires). By Simon Miraudo. Wayne Blair‘s adaptation of Tony Briggs’ stage-play The Sapphires is one of the most highly-anticipated Australian releases of the year, and it earned that designation even before debuting to rapturous acclaim at Cannes, where notorious super-producer Harvey Weinstein suggested it would follow in the footsteps of The Artist. […]

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Songbirds keep singing – The Sapphires review

The Sapphires – Starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, and Jessica Mauboy. Directed by Wayne Blair. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Sixties-set The Sapphires is a jukebox musical in every sense of the word; all the hits, none of the deep cuts. It makes a point to touch on the most salient aspects of the era, […]

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Trailer Debut: The Sapphires

The trailer for potential break-out Aussie hit The Sapphires has arrived online, following the film’s rapturous reception out of competition at Cannes. The flick stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell as members of a 1960s Aboriginal girl group who head to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Chris O’Dowd‘s plays their lovable but uncouth manager. U.S. distributor Harvey […]

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Poster Debut and New Clip: The Sapphires

It’s been a big week for upcoming Australian musical The Sapphires, with its Cannes debut imminent and recent acquisition by The Weinstein Company for international distribution rights. Now we’re given a new poster and audition clip from the film to whet our appetites. The poster is simple yet striking, showcasing  Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and […]

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The Weinsteins pick up The Sapphires

The Weinstein Company has purchased U.S. distribution rights for Wayne Blair’s Aussie musical The Sapphires. According to Variety, the sale occurred at Cannes one day before the festival’s opening, and ahead of the film’s May 19 debut on the Croisette. It is playing out of competition. Based on a true story, the pic stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, […]

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Chris O’Dowd joins Aussie musical The Sapphires

Irish comedian Chris O’Dowd has joined the cast of the upcoming Australian musical The Sapphires. According to If.com, O’Dowd will play “an Irish roustabout who ‘sees the light’ through for young Aboriginal women”. Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell will star as the eponymous singers – based on a real all-girl Aboriginal […]

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Mailman and Mauboy cast in The Sapphires

Hopscotch has announced a big screen adaptation of hit stage musical The Sapphires, to star Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy. The film will also see newcomers Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell don matching dresses to play an all-girl Aboriginal pop group formed in 1968 as an answer to America’s The Supremes. The story will be […]

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A dream time – Bran Nue Dae review

Bran Nue Dae – Starring Rocky McKenzie, Ernie Dingo and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rachel Perkins. Rated PG. Originally published December 16, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant. Rachel Perkins’ latest film has bound and gagged the […]

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