Gem of an Aussie film set to shine over­seas

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

singer and ac­tor Jes­sica Mauboy (pic­tured) says she was ex­cited to find ‘‘our baby’’, Aussie film The Sap­phires, mak­ing some se­ri­ous waves on a re­cent trip to the US. The film’s suc­cess even led to a one-on-one meet­ing with USUK mu­sic in­dus­try sven­gali Si­mon Cow­ell. ‘‘He had heard about it and he was so ex­cited,’’ Mauboy says. ‘‘(He’s) such a gen­uine and bril­liant, I guess pow­er­ful man in the in­dus­try. Peo­ple like that can make any­thing hap­pen.’’

Mauboy says Cow­ell was watch­ing the trailer and she could see him tap­ping his foot out of the cor­ner of her eye. ‘‘I’m like YES he’s into it!’’ she says. ‘‘Big peo­ple like that, you want to give all you can and he def­i­nitely took it in.’’

Mauboy stars along­side Deb­o­rah Mail­man (TV’s Off­spring) and new­com­ers Shari Sebbens and Mi­randa Tapsell as The Sap­phires – four Abo­rig­i­nal women who travel to Viet­nam in 1968 to per­form soul mu­sic for US troops, helped out by an out-of­work Ir­ish mu­si­cian ( Brides­maids’ Chris O’Dowd). The film, which got a 10-minute stand­ing ova­tion at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, was also backed by Os­car mag­nets the Weinstein Com­pany, who bought the dis­tri­bu­tion rights for the US and other ter­ri­to­ries.

Mauboy says she vis­ited Los Angeles for au­di­tions and also be­cause la­bels are ‘‘bit­ing at the sound­track’’ for The Sap­phires. ‘‘It was cool that an Aus­tralian film, in­dige­nous film . . . peo­ple are em­brac­ing it and re­ally re­spect­ing this won­der­ful story.’’

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