The NYU Skirball Center presents the New York City premiere of The Sapphires, directed by Wayne Blair and distributed by The Weinstein Company, as part of the Visions + Voices Australia Series.
Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four young and talented Australian Aboriginal women from a remote village as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Directed by Wayne Blair, The Sapphires stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens and Chris O'Dowd.
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote village, 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, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, 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 flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music.
A screening of The Sapphires will take place March 3 at 7pm at the NYU Skirball Center. The NYU Skirball Center is located at 566 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. Tickets, which are $15, are available online at nyuskirball.org or by phone at 212.352.3101.