Wayne Blair’s heartfelt musical about the real-life Indigenous singing group.
'Twenty years after Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom wowed the world's media at Cannes, in steps Wayne Blair to shake things up, redefining the feel-good Aussie comedy for a modern audience. Not only is he Australia's latest indigenous filmmaker to be globally embraced, he's also dusting off a fact-based tale of an all-girl Aboriginal troupe largely unknown beyond our shores. The girls fought prejudice and bureaucracy to successfully perform for the troops in Vietnam, just as the 1960s civil rights movement raged louder.' - Ed Gibbs, The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Lisa Tomasetti was on-set stills photographer during the production of Wayne Blair’s, The Sapphires (2012). Two of her images, featuring Shari Sebbens as Kay, Chris O’Dowd as Dave Lovelace, Miranda Tapsell as Cynthia, Deborah Mailman as Gail and Jessica Mauboy as Julie, feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.