The SapphiresHaving done well on the festival circuit, it’s fair to say that The Sapphires has been one of the big surprises of 2012 – and no-one has been more taken aback by such incredible worldwide publicity and acclaim than first-time filmmaker Wayne Blair, and we spoke to the Australian director ahead of the film’s release.

The film follows the tale of three Aboriginal sisters and a cousin who form the soul group The Sapphires, who given the colour of their skin, find it difficult to be accepted amidst a predominantly white society. However given the amazing talent of the group, they proceed to tour Vietnam during the war, to entertain the troops.

Blair tells us of his delight with the success of his debut feature, as well as working alongside such a talented cast, including Ireland’s very own Chris O’Dowd. He also tells us how he plans on dealing with the pressure of the difficult second project…

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