Film Festival presents Flagstaff premiere of ‘The Sapphires’ on July 10
Joyous celebration of music, family and self-discovery inspired by a true story debuts
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the “The Sapphires” on Wednesday, July 10 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.
Four smart, gutsy young Australian Aboriginal women become unlikely stars in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of allies, in “The Sapphires”.
Set in 1968, the film follows Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) as they seize a risky, but irresistible, chance to launch a professional career singing for U.S. troops in Vietnam. Under the tutelage of an R&B-loving Irish musician, Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), the girls transform themselves into a sizzling soul act and set out to make a name for themselves hundreds of miles from home.
Arriving in South Vietnam, The Sapphires and Dave find themselves touring from venue to venue, beyond Saigon and into the jungles and river deltas. Over the days and weeks, The Sapphires will sing up a storm, butt heads with Dave and with one another, fall in love and get their first taste of success. They will reach a new understanding about themselves, and one other, and the bonds they share as women, family, Aboriginals. The Sapphires find their soul, and with it a powerful vision of what the future can hold for them back home.
Inspired by a true story, “The Sapphires” is a celebration of music, family and self-discovery.
Andrea Houchard and Matt Goodwin from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Flagstaff Community Foundation and Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation. Additional support comes from the Northern Arizona University Cinema Studies Program and Philosophy Department.
“The Sapphires” will be shown at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members ($6 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Members can purchase tickets in advance by calling 282-1177.
CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Sapphires".
Film runtime is 99 minutes.