Here’s the Toronto International Film Festival trailer for The Weinstein Company’s comedy The Sapphires, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May and received rapturous applause and a standing ovation.
Based on the play of the same name, screenplay is by the same playwright Tony Briggs, whose mother and family members were part of the original Sapphires, and Keith Thompson.
Directed by Wayne Blair (The Djam Djams), The Sapphires follows four young and talented Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love-friendship and war when their all girl group entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (Chris O’Dowd), a talent scout always of good humor with a kind heart, very little rhythm, but a wealth of knowledge on soul music.
Here’s the official synopsis:
They’re sexy, black, young, talented, and have never set foot outside of Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they’re plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as the answer to The Supremes — grasping the chance of a life time — and shipped off to Vietnam to entertain the troops.