Last week The Weinstein Company hosted the New York premiere for their latest film, “The Sapphires” at the Paris Theater along with a star studded after party at the Hudson Hotel.
The film, an adaptation of the Aussie hit musical of the same name, makes its U.S. this today and follows the story of four aboriginal women in Australia who tour Vietnam singing soul music for the troops. The films stars include Chris O’Dowd, Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens and Miranda . Tapsell plays Cynthia, also known as ‘the sexy one’ of the girl group ‘The Sapphires’, who is always winning hearts while also having her own broken. At the screening, the actress spoke to Indiewire about the film’s significance for her career. “The great thing about ‘The Sapphires’ is that it’s really opened up doors for me. I’ve been a theatre actress in Australia for a really long time and to be in this film has been such an honor and such a privilege. Not only has it given me so much opportunity to show that I’m a good actress and I can do the job you know but people have looked beyond my color and beyond my gender.”
Miranda shared that while some of the Aussie lingo used throughout the film will be unfamiliar to the American audience, the central message will resonate with many. “I really think that a lot of people will identify with it because a lot of minorities know what it’s like to be oppressed and dispossessed,” she said. “A lot of women know what it’s like to show their worth to people and prove that they can live in this world with men and don’t have to conform to that. It’s been so special taking it to other countries. They’ve gone oh my goodness, I know what it’s like to feel like that. I know what it’s like to fight for something, to prove my worth, to show that I’m better than this, to show the world that the world can be a better place. It’s such an empowering and enlightening story.”
Miranda’s performance in the film attests to her extensive experience as a theatre actress and she shared that she hopes to be doing many more films and to be returning to New York City as part of that journey. Declaring it the best city in the world she stated, “It’s almost like the world is compacted into this one city. It’s so open and so friendly and so forward thinking and that’s why I think New York is a perfect place.”