Apology over US cover for Sapphires DVD

1:58pm August 6, 2013
Starring Jessica Mauboy, Chris O’Dowd and Deborah Mailman, this Cannes Film Festival hit tells the story of an Aboriginal girl group in the 1960s. It’s out August 9.

The American distributor of the Australian hit film The Sapphires is apologising for the DVD cover, which some have called sexist and racist, and says it is considering new cover art for future shipments.

Anchor Bay Entertainment said in a statement on Monday that it "regrets any unintentional upset" caused by the DVD, which will be on US store shelves on Tuesday.

The Sapphires tells the story of an all-female Aboriginal singing group in 1968 who overcame prejudice at home to achieve success that included touring Vietnam to entertain American troops.

The four singers, whose story is told in the film, recently wrote to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the US to ask for its support in their complaint over the issue.

The Australian DVD cover shows four actresses of various races prominently in the foreground with Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who plays their manager, in the background. Their positions are reversed on the American cover to feature O'Dowd.

The US version of 'The Sapphires' DVD cover, beside the Australian cover.
The US version of 'The Sapphires' DVD cover, beside the Australian cover.
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