Interview: Wayne Blair, Director of ‘The Sapphires’

Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, PFF21, philadelphia film festival, Shari Sebbens, Tags, The Pretentious Film Majors, The Sapphires, Wayne Blair

After premiering at Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Sapphires’ came to Philadelphia for PFF21 and received as much fanfare as it did in France. Audiences embraced the true story of four talented young Aboriginal girls, plucked from obscurity and transformed into a soulful Motown-style singing group.

Now, the film based on the hit Australian play is open for all to see at the Ritz Five and to promote it, director Wayne Blair paid our good city a visit. While he was in town, I had the chance to talk with him about a number of different topics, including the iconic music featured in the film, the stellar cast members like Chris O’Dowd of ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Australian Idol’ contestant Jessica Mauboy, and how he came to be involved with the project in the first place.

To see how the conversation went, you can check out the video below, courtesy of The Pretentious Film Majors:

If you missed out on ‘The Sapphires’ during the Philadelphia Film Festival, you should definitely head on over to the Ritz Five for a feel-good night at the movies.

If you were among those who caught the film the first time around, what did you think of it? Did Wayne Blair do all right in his first outing in feature films? Feel free to tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or leave us a comment on our Facebook page with your reaction to ‘The Sapphires’.

And of course, don’t forget to check back to the PFS blog every week for some cool Philly film happenings!

To close, I’ll leave you with a picture of Andrew Greenblatt and Wayne Blair after the Q&A at the Members Only screening of ‘The Sapphires’.

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