Australian film The Sapphires has entered the top 15 highest grossing Australian films of all time at the local box office.
The film, directed by Wayne Blair has reached $13.5m in its eight weeks since release, overtaking director Stuart Beattie’s Tomorrow, When the War Began from 2010 and just behind Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer of 2009.
Troy Lum, MD of distributor Hopscotch Films/Entertainment One, said: “The Sapphires is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s such a pleasure to be involved in this film that keeps breaking records and giving people so much joy. Long may it continue.”
Rosemary Blight one of two producers of the film, with Kylie du Fresne, said: “Our heartfelt thanks to the Australian public who have embraced The Sapphires with such enthusiasm and to cinema operators across Australia who have shown such faith in the film. We are also delighted that the official soundtrack from Sony Music has almost reached platinum”.
The film will have its UK premiere at the London Film Festival on 15 October ahead of a wide release across the UK on 7 November.
No US release date has been announced.