The NYC Premiere of The Sapphires, distributed by The Weinstein Company, brings the red carpet to our Visions + Voices Australia Series.
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (Chris O’Dowd), a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and fly's them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning director Wayne Blair, Indigenous writer, actor and filmmaker, in conversation with Faye Ginsburg (NYU Anthropology/Center for Media, Culture and History) and Paul Thompson (NYU Kanbar Institute of Film & Television).
The Sapphires is part of the Visions + Voices Global Performance Series highlighting international artists from a chosen locale. The series brings a global site into sharp focus with dance, circus, music, theater, film, and visual art.
FIRST UP: AUSTRALIA!
LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FOR NYU SKIRBALL CENTER'S VISIONS + VOICES GLOBAL PERFORMANCE SERIES PROVIDED BY PEPSI.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT WAS PROVIDED BY NYU'S OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS