Music has been said to be the universal language. If that’s true, then The Sapphires looks like it may have a bright future ahead of it.
Set in 1968, The Sapphires tells the story of a quartet of Australian Aboriginal girls who come together to form the soul singing group of the film’s title – a take on America’s The Supremes – and travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Based on the stage production of the same name, the film is directed by Wayne Blair and written by Tony Briggs (who also wrote the play) and Keith Thompson.
The cast is largely populated with unknowns (at least to U.S. audiences), though the most recognizable face is Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, best known as the good-natured police officer who falls hard for Kristen Wiig’s character in Bridesmaids. O’Dowd plays the agent that discovers the group and helps them refine their talent.
Jessica Mauboy, singer and one-time runner-up on Australian Idol – plays one of the primary vocalists. Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell round out the main cast.
With its period setting and plot centering on an all-girl singing group, The Sapphires looks to be a sort of overseas rendition of 2006’s Dreamgirls – the stage musical adaptation that led American Idol castoff Jennifer Hudson to Oscar gold. Like that film, it’s garnering plenty of awards buzz and currently boasts an impressive 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
During its Australian opening, The Sapphires became the most successful locally produced film in two years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and made its world premiere as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Whether it will resonate in the same way with American audiences has yet to be determined, though the prognosis thus far bodes well for its stateside success.
The Sapphires is not currently scheduled for theatrical release in the United States. However, as word about the film spreads around the globe, expect that to change sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more on when you can expect The Sapphires at a theater near you.