EXCLUSIVE: London based sales company Goalpost Film has secured a number of sales at the European Film Market in Berlin on Wayne Blair’s Aboriginal girl group story Sapphires, including to Diaphana for France.
Goalpost Film has sold Sapphires to a number of territories including France (Diaphana), Israel (Lev Films), and Canada (eOne).
The sales are on top of deals already secured in Portugal (Lusomundo), Australia (Hopscotch) and to Cinesky for airlines.
The Goalpost Pictures Australia production (the sister company of Goalpost Film in London) is set in the late 1960s and inspired by the true story of a group of four Aboriginal soul singers from a remote community who travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops. A stage musical has already been made of the story.
Chris O’Dowd plays the talent scout who spots the performers, who are being played by recording star Jessica Mauboy (Bran Nue Dae), Deborah Mailman (Rabbit-Proof Fence) and newcomers Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.
Written by Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs (based on Briggs’ play), the film is produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne. It is currently in post production.