The Wayne Blair-directed “The Sapphires” comes out tomorrow in New York and L.A. “The Sapphires” is a 2012 Australian musical comedy-drama film based on the 2004 stage play of the same name, itself derived from a true story. “Sapphires” is about four indigenous women, Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), Kay (Shari Sebbens) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), who are discovered by a talent scout (Chris O’Dowd), and form a music group called The Sapphires, travelling to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for troops during the war.
Production began in 2010, with the casting of the four members of The Sapphires, and filming taking place throughout New South Wales in Australia and Vietnam during August and September 2011 (source: wikipedia). Film got a whopping 91% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Here’s Ruby Boukabou of Australian television interviewing Wayne Blair, the director of “The Sapphires.”