The Sapphires

About the film

Director Wayne Blair
Producers Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne
Writers Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs, based on the play by Tony Briggs
Cast Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell
Production Company Goalpost Pictures Australia
Year 2012
Status THE SAPPHIRES premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and was released in Australia to critical acclaim and box office success, with AU$15 million. It received 11 AACTA Awards (Australia’s Academy Awards) including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. The film opened in the US through The Weinstein Company in 2013.
Genre Based on a True Story, Comedy


1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam.

The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, an Irish talent scout with no experience, a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great ear for music. Billed as the Aboriginal answer to ‘The Supremes’, the sisters secure their first true gig, when they are flown to Vietnam to sing soul music for the American troops. Based on a true story, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music.