'The Sapphires' Gets March 22 U.S. Release

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

The Weinstein Co. has confirmed The Sapphires will open March 22 in the U.S. TWC bought multi-territory rights for the musical drama at last year’s Cannes festival. Director Wayne Blair’s film based on the real-life story of an Aboriginal singing group that shot to fame in the 1960s was the top-grossing Australian film in 2012 with $A14.4 million ($14.9 million). Pic has 12 nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including best film, direction, actress (Deborah Mailman), actor (Chris O’Dowd) and supporting actress (Jessica Mauboy). The major awards will be presented Wednesday night in Sydney, hosted by Russell Crowe.

  1. FINALLY!!
    I’ve known about this film for about a year, and fully expected this would be the one Harvey would try to ride to the Oscars…
    Then, it appeared The Master had supplanted that!
    Luckily for Harvey, he settled on the miraculous Silver Linings Playbook to carry him all the way to Oscar night!

    Good call, Harv! And thanks for not forgetting The Sapphires too!

  2. Man, I didn’t care for Silver Linings Playbook. It is just a warmed over sitcom, with only a good and memorable performance from Bradley Cooper. David O. Russell needs to stay away from these types of films.

    I can’t wait to see The Sapphires, because of all the good word of mouth, and Chris O’ Dowd is always wonderful.

  3. Oh my god! Finally!!! I was on vacation in Australia last year when the movie came out and I was majorly impressed. Due to the fact that me and my family were flying around to Alice Springs and Melbourne it was playing a lot and so I got a good look at it. I’m going to take all of my friends to see the movie.

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