Kat Graham - visits The Stella Artois Suite at Cannes 5/22/13
Lena Horne hugging her brilliant daughter Gail Jones, backstage at the York Playhouse on October 6, 1960 after Gail made her stage debut in the musical “Valmuouth.” Gail Jones is now Gail Buckley and the author of several books including The Hornes: An American Family.” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
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Out Now: The Sapphires (PG)
A talented ’60s Aboriginal all-girl group find fame, love and friendship in this inspirational musical comedy. It’s 1968 and social change is sweeping the world. Inspired by these events, Aboriginal people in rural western Australia are fighting for their rights. Against this tumultuous backdrop, three talented young singing siblings living at a remote mission are spotted by down-on-his-luck Irish musician Dave (Chris O’Dowd). His first challenge is to persuade Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) and Julie (Jessica Mauboy) that they should be playing soul rather than country and western music. Eventually joined by Kay (Shari Sebbens), they become The Sapphires - Australia’s answer to The Supremes. And their big break comes with a gig performing to US troops in Vietnam. Inspired by an amazing true story and adapted from Tony Briggs’s award-winning stage play, ‘The Sapphires’ stars Australian Idol winner Jessica Mauboy. It also features another brilliant comic performance by ‘Bridesmaids’ star Chris O’Dowd.
Hi Pals. If you liked MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. If you liked THE DOOR. If you liked I WILL FOLLOW. If you liked MY MIC SOUNDS NICE. If you dig any of the films I make, please help me distribute more by voting for me. Feels weird to ask, but I have to. If it goes my way, I’ll give 100% of the winnings to African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) to continue our work distributing black film. We really need the financial boost. Thanks for considering. And happy weekend!
- Ava DuVernay
Actress Theresa Harris as she appeared in the 1948 film, “The Velvet Touch,” which starred Rosalind Russell. Ms. Harris was the inspiration behind Lynn Nottage’s play, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” which starred Sanaa Lathan.
From Donald Bogle’s Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood: “Harris - who was both outspoken and highly intelligent - didn’t mince words about the plight of colored actresses. She told Fay M. Jackson, of the California Eagle in August 1937: “I never felt the chance to rise above the role of maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not ‘hot’ stamped me as either an uppity ‘Negress’ or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts for me.” Photo via A Certain Cinema.