Directed by Wayne Blair
Produced by Rose & Kylie
It was wonderful working with Rose & Kylie of Goalpost Pictures, Bryon Jones, whom I’ve known for many years, and the very talented director, Wayne Blair. These kind of films don’t come around often, so when I was enlisted as the music supervisor, I felt truly honoured. I researched oodles of songs and cleared 20-plus Motown classics – so you can imagine the magical journey my ears went on!
Set in 1968, THE SAPPHIRES is about 4 young Aboriginal women: Sisters Cynthia, Julie, Gail and their cousin Kay, who are discovered at a talent contest by Dave, a young English talent scout, who has a great love and knowledge of soul music.
Dave hears something special and to the heartbeat of soul plucks these girls from the obscurity of their remote Aboriginal mission, branded Australia’s answer to The Supremes, and together they drop into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the US troops.
Based on a true story, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of self-discovery, family and music!
The film went on to be a huge box office success, picking up numerous awards and screening globally. In the early months it was selected as part of the official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film. It was the only Australian feature film selected for 2012 and it received a special gala screening. The precedents are good: both Strictly Ballroom and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert premiered in out of competition gala screenings at Cannes in 1992 and 1994 respectively. and then the awards just kept coming, including a No#1 soundtrack (3 times platinum).