‘The Sapphires’ looks like being Australia’s next big hit movie.
Jessica Mauboy stars with Chris O’Dowd in a movie set in 1968 about four Australian aboriginal girls who form a group and head to Vietnam to entertain the troops.
The movie debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and had a standing ovation.
Directed by Wayne Blair and starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Chris O’Dowd and introducing Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell, The Sapphires is inspired by the true story of four talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission who are discovered by an unlikely talent scout (O’Dowd). Plucked from obscurity and branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, he Sapphires grasp the chance of a lifetime when they’re offered their first real gig – entertaining the troops in Vietnam. For the girls, a whole new world of sex, war, politics and soul opens before them.
The music features soul classics of the era and the soundtrack complimented with new music from Ilan Kidron from the Potbelleez and Louis Schoorl.
‘The Sapphires’ movie will debut at the Melbourne Film Festival on August 2 and go into cinemas on August 9.
Sony Music will release the soundtrack on July 29.
Watch the trailer.