added: Fri, Mar 15th '13
After winning acclaim internationally and becoming a huge hit in its native Australia, "The Sapphires" is slated to bow in US theaters next week, March 22nd. A featurette has been released, giving viewers a closer look at this 1968-set dramedy starring Bridemaids' Chris O'Dowd. The Aussie film tells the heart-warming true story of four young female singers from the outskirts of their 'Down Under' country who get spotted by a hapless talent scout and music manager (Dowd). After injecting their clean-cut act with soul music, Dowd turns these inexperienced girls into a thunderous Motown-fueled singing group, who have now been hired to entertain US troops stationed in Vietnam. Think "The Commitments" meets "Forrest Gump." Or better yet, watch the clip above.
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (Chris O'Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.
directed by Wayne Blair
starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell
release date March 22, 2013