The Sapphires begins shooting in August, new cast announced

Adapted from the stage, The Sapphires, about a 1960s Indigenous all-girl soul group scouted from the outback and sent to Vietnam to entertain the troops is due to start filming in Sydney in August, before moving on location to Vietnam later in the year.

The doo-wop group billed as the next Supremes will be made up of Jessica Mauboy (Bran Nue Dae), Deborah Mailman (Rabbit Proof Fence, Offspring) joined by NIDA graduates Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.

Adapted by Keith Thompson (Clubland) and playwright Tony Briggs, it is directed by actor/theatre director Wayne Blair and produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures Australia.

The film will be distributed by Hopscotch Films throughout Australia and New Zealand. Managing Director Troy Lum said, “The Sapphires has it all – a great story with lots of love and laugher, set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the late 1960’s, a wonderful cast and crew and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack. Hopscotch is tremendously excited to be the Australian and New Zealand distributor.”

Goalpost Pictures have produced the Julien Temple-directed The Eternity Man, Clubland, BBC and Nine network series Lockie Leonard, as well as Wayne Blair’s short films Djarn Djarns and Black Talk.


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