TWC Sets March USA Release Date For 'The Sapphires' - Australia’s Answer To The Supremes

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by Courtney
January 26, 2013 10:04 AM
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The Weinstein Company acquired global distribution rights to the Australian film, calling it a "feel-good" movie, after it screened at the Cannes Film Festival last May, and it was announced yesterdau that TWC will open the film in the USA on March 22.

It's an Australian musical drama titled The Sapphires, which is inspired by the real-life story of a soul singing quartet comprised of 4 Aborigine women (all sisters) who were the heroines of a play in which writer/director Wayne Blair was an actor in 2005.

Fast-forward 7 years later, and that experience has been reimagined as a feature-length film that's captured audiences all over the world, as it's traveled the international film festival circuit.

Branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, the film's full synopsis reads:

1968 was the year the planet went haywire. All around the globe, there were riots and revolution in the streets. There were hard drugs, soft drugs, free love and psychedelic music. There was the shock of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy’s assassinations. And dominating every other news story… There was Vietnam. For four gorgeous young women from a remote Aboriginal mission, 1968 was the year that changed their lives forever. Sisters Gail, Julie and Cynthia, together with their cousin Kay, are discovered by Dave, a down-on-his-luck Irish musician with attitude, a taste for Irish Whiskey and an ear for Soul Music. Dave steers the girls away from their Country & Western origins then flies them to the war-zones of South Vietnam, where they sing Soul Classics for the American Marines. On tour in the Mekong Delta, the girls sing up a storm, dodge bullets… And fall in love.

The Sapphires stars Chris O’Dowd, Aboriginal actress Deborah Mailman, pop singer Jessica Mauboy, Shari SebbensMiranda Tapsell, and Tory Kittles.

It was released in Australia last year, and was reportedly a box off smash - the best opening for an Australian movie in almost two years - and picked up 12 nominations in the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, which will be handed out next week.

USA audiences will now get to see what the hype is all about for themselves.

Watch the trailer for the film below; and underneath you'll find an additional clip:

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6 Comments

  • Donna Brown | January 30, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    I am the wife mentioned in the camping adventure by Harry. I loved the movie. We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the US release. We ordered a copy from Australia and are having a Grand Premiere here in Michigan (for 5 of my friends) before it makes the theater. My husband even ordered me the movie poster for or anniversary on December 26. I love it - now if I could only get it autographed....

  • Mary Denny | January 31, 2013 6:07 PM

    I saw The Sapphires at Telluride last labor Day and loved it... How did you get the copy from Australia? I'm dying to have a copy to show my friends.

  • Harry | January 28, 2013 2:58 PMReply

    On a camping adventure through southern New South Wales, my wife and I decided to spend a cold Australian Father's Day evening at a small family-owned theater. Knowing little about the movies that were playing, the young cashier strongly recommended a film called "The Sapphires". She told us that in the three weeks since its premiere, the patron reviews had been enthusiastically positive; ours is as well. From the closing credits to the evening's last waking moment, we did little but discuss the film and our emotional reaction to it. "The Sapphires" is visually appealing, entertaining, musically nostalgic, and a non-stop emotional experience. As Americans, we knew too little of the Aboriginal struggle and the film reminds us of this directly and through a reminder of the African-American struggle for identity, freedom and equality.

    We loved Australia, its people and this film and are pleased that America will now have the same chance to enjoy it as we did last September.

  • JP | January 28, 2013 5:04 AMReply

    This movie was great, and that main girl Jessica Mauboy can SANG yall. This was like the movie Dreamgirls wishes it was.

  • FactChecker | January 27, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    This looks AWESOME!! I can't wait to see it, and the documentary about back up singers!

  • Whitney | January 26, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    I quite enjoyed the movie.

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