The Jungleboys has just signed The Sapphires' director, Wayne Blair, and will represent him across the Asia Pacific region.
Blair is a film, television and theatre writer/director with a background in performance. His debut directing feature, The Sapphires, is the highest grossing Australian box office feature film of 2012. The film version of a popular stage show was shot on a $9.3m budget in less than two months.
Since opening at the Cannes Film Festival this year, it has played at festivals including Telluride, Toronto, Aspen, Zurich and Hamburg. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film closed with a 10-minute standing ovation from the festive audience at its Cannes’ midnight screening.
“Wayne Blair tells this story in the most charming way by capturing the excitement, heartbreak and joy these girls experienced on their incredible journey,” commented Negeen Yazdi, senior vice president of acquisitions at The Weinstein Company (TWC). “We’ve been passionate about this project since the day we read the script.”
The Weinstein Company has purchased the international sales rights to the film
Blair directed this week's episode of Redfern Now on ABC TV . It is the first contemporary indigenous drama series to hit Australian screens. He is currently writing an episode for the second series, which will go into production in 2013.
“Jungleboys is a company that matches the ethos of how I like to work,” stated Blair, who has just also won GQ Man of the Year for Creative Force. “They are robust, have an amazing amount of energy and produce international quality work. I feel blessed to be included in their slate of directors and look forward to our future collaboration.”
Jungleboys executive producer, Jason Burrows, is equally enthusiastic about the new relationship,“It’s incredible to have Wayne on board and the team is really excited about working with such an incredible storyteller.”
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