Down Under with O’Dowd

'Sapphires' sparkles at preem

New York

In “The Sapphires,” Chris O’Dowd plays the music manager of four Aboriginal teens who aspire to sing to American troops during the Vietnam War. While that’s not your average film scenario, Harvey Weinstein believes “it’s impossible not to relate to this story,” he said at the March 13 preem at the Paris. “It’s a continuation of the ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ about mixed race Aboriginal children who were kidnapped.”

O’Dowd said he drew on his Irish heritage to portray the lead character in the TWC pic. “This is a story about a suppressed group of people and the Irish in their time have been oppressed but have always puffed out their chest and sang about it,” he said. “That’s exactly what this girl group does in the film.”

Steven Soderbergh made an appearance to support the film’s helmer, Wayne Blair, whom Soderbergh directed in the stage play “Tot Mom.”

“Talk about fresh? This film has music, scale, hope, scope and it’s active,” raved Soderbergh.

At the Hudson Commons afterparty, O’Dowd danced the twist with fellow cast member Deborah Mailman and sang on stage with Jessica Mauboy, who plays lead singer Julie in the film.

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