Chris O'Dowd in Crowd Pleasing, Music-Centric 'The Sapphires' Trailer

August 30, 2012

The Sapphires

After making quite a breakthrough comedic turn in Bridesmaids, Irish actor Chris O'Dowd is storming Hollywood, and will next be seen in Judd Apatow's This is 40 with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. But O'Dowd still has his foot in the indie world with The Sapphires, a Cannes selected film that will also be playing at TIFF next month. Set during the Vietnam War the film paints a portrait of the late 1960s girl group The Sapphires, Australia's answer to The Supremes. Based on the hit stage play by Tony Briggs, the film looks like a real crowd-pleaser full of some great classic music and quite the quartet of lovely singers. Watch it!

Here's the festival promo trailer for Wayne Blair's The Sapphires, unveiled via TIFF:

The Sapphires are four young Koori girls — Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), Kay (Shari Sebbens) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) — who are discovered in a dusty outback tavern by lanky, often soused Irish-born talent scout Dave (Chris O'Dowd). While the racist locals vehemently reject the notion of a group of Aboriginal entertainers, Dave vows to make The Sapphires shine — not just in town but all over the world. Wayne Blair directs the film based on Tony Brigg's stage play which he adapted with Keith Thompson. The film played at Cannes and also shows at TIFF next month. No US release date is set. Good?

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  • Nicky
    Chris O'Dowd...Irish not in, from Ireland. just FYI.
    • Ugh. What's stupid is that I knew that, and still wrote British. Fixed it. Thanks!
      • nicky
        No prob bud :) just fyi
    • Richie G
      Just to be pedantic, Ireland is in the British Isles so geographically not wrong
      • beevis
        walk into an irish pub and call everyone brits.....and see what happens.
        • Indeed Beevis, I think Richie might find himself nailed to the pool table.
        • Richie G
          I am Irish and I have done that. Good craic
          • nicky
            I'm not looking to start any political fracas on FS richie but I'm from galway in the south. I'm irish. Not British. I've also absolutely nothing against British. I merely just wanted to point out Chris's nationality for information's sake :)
          • Richie G
            Yeh I know, I was just havin a laugh to see if I could get some reactions
          • he he he.
          • Nicky
            fecker... 😛
          • he he, my dad was Irish, I only wish he used a word like fecker, he mostly referred to me as 'bollocks' or a 'feckdog', affectionately of course! 😉
  • Nicky
    apologies.. I may have double posted. thought my browser screwed up 😛
  • 97
    It has a smattering of the "The Commitments", but who cares. Looks good for a Saturday evening at the local artsy-fartsy indie theatre.
    • beevis
      i missed the "fartsy" part of this artsy indie trailer.....
  • Richie G
    Ha, thats hilarious. On a side note, can't wait for O'Dowd's tv show starting in a couple of weeks
  • beevis
    looking good.
  • Chris O'Dowd's agent must be doing some good work in Hollywood. I'm not complaining but how does a normal looking Irishman get so much work in a place full of plastic permagrinners? This looks really good. I will be watching it for shoozlers
  • roro
    not good at all




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