Still from The Sapphires featuring four indigenous singers Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens in 'The Sapphires'

May 2 2012

It was a cliffhanger, but the brilliant news is that The Sapphires made it in to Cannes!

Based on the true story of an Indigenous girl-band singing Motown classics The Sapphires has been confirmed as part of the official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for the midnight screenings section of the official selection, one of seven films added late to the festival.

The Sapphires is the only Australian feature film selected for this year's festival and is  Wayne Blair's directorial debut.

The film will premiere on May 19 with plans from Hopscotch to release it locally in August.

Hearty congratutations to Wayne Blair, the team at Goal Post Pictures and the following AFTRS alumni who worked on the feature:

  • Warwick Thornton: Cinematography
  • Melinda Doring P:roduction Design
  • Sue Kerr: Boom Swinger
  • Bronwyn Murphy: Dialogue Editor
  • Jared Dwyer: Assistant Sound Editor
  • Tara Webb: Sound Attachment
  • Megan Wedge: Atmos Editor
  • Cornel Ozies: Camera attachment


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.