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The Sapphires World Premiere at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Posted on 8 May 2012

2 songs from Alberts international catalogue have been chosen for the Australian film 'The Sapphires' which will have it's world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

When music supervisor Gary Seeger was looking for songs to compliment the 60’s soundtrack to the upcoming Australian film ‘The Sapphires’, Alberts creative’s were quick to respond with music from that era.  

The songs from Alberts international catalogues, ‘Morningtown Ride’ and ‘Yellow Bird’ will be re-recorded for the movie which stars Jessica Mauboy alongside Deborah Mailman and newcomers Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell. The film is set in the heady days of 1968 when four talented singers, from a remote Aboriginal mission, are discovered by an unlikely talent scout. Plucked from obscurity and branded as Australia's answer to The Supremes, The Sapphires grasp the chance of a lifetime when they're offered their first real gig - entertaining the troops in Vietnam. For the girls, a whole new world of sex, war, politics and soul opens before them. The film was the only Australian movie selected this year. 

‘Morningtown Ride’ from the Amadeo- Brio Music catalogue was written by Malvina Reynolds in 1957. The famous lullaby tells the comforting story of the ‘journey’ through nighttime made by all the ‘little travellers’ (children). The song has been recorded by a number of artists, notably The Seekers and in 2000 by The Wiggles and Jimmy Little.

'Yellow Bird' written by  Alan and Marilyn Bergman,  is administrated by Alberts through the relationship with US sub-publisher Spirit Music as part of the Threesome Music Catalogue.

The film written by Tony Briggs about his mother and aunties and directed by Wayne Blair, will part of the midnight screenings section of the official selection. This is not the first time Alberts has had an association with a film premiering in this prestigious Saturday timeslot at Cannes. In 1992 it was Strictly Ballroom, the Australian musical which Ted Albert collaborated with the then unknown Baz Luhrmann, to bring his stage play to the big screen and to create  one of the most successful Australian films of all time

The Sapphires will premiere at Cannes on May 19 and in will be released in Australia in August 2012 (Hopscotch Films)

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