The Weinstein Company and HP Celebrate The Sapphires
Every so often a movie comes along that informs you about social issues but does so humorously, so you leave feeling inspired and happy. The Sapphires, which opens to NY and LA audiences tomorrow and nationwide March 29th, is such a movie. The movie (think Dreamgirls) tells the story of four talented aboriginal women who overcome racism and personal struggles to entertain troops in war-torn Vietnam in 1968.
While the movie opens tomorrow, we got a sneak peek recently during a VIP screening, hosted by Weinstein Company along with HP, The Paris Theater.
The Sapphires chronicles David Lovace (played by Chris O’Dowd), as he teaches four aboriginal women (played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell ) the “art of soul.” In the process the women become a powerful singing group who perform for African-American troops during 1968 Vietnam. With the help of Lovace, a lovable character with a penchant for the bottle, these talent women navigate the racist attitudes of the era and in the process help shift some attitudes towards people of color. We also learn about of a forgotten group in Australia. We see their silent struggle for acceptance. And, it’s all done in tasteful way that not is not affronting.
At the movie after party, which was held at Hudson Common at Hudson Hotel, we caught up with Jessica Mauboy, whose sing shops led her all the way to Australian Idol (she was runner-up). She shared with us her thoughts and told us about her involvement with the movie. “I was so emotional when I read the script, ” she shared. “I just knew I had to be a part of it and help it. And open the conversation to Australia.” And tells it she does. Her musical performances are rousing. It seems the audiences have responded positively to the story. “The country went crazy,” she shares. “[The movie] is positive. Finally we [cast members] got to speak out loud and in a good way not in an aggressive way but happy about it.”
Check out and the movie and here’s a video from the after party.