Wayne's world a lot brighter thanks to 'The Sapphires'
Published on 13 August, 2012
The Sapphires is shining brightly at the box office across Australia and there was also plenty of radiated warmth when director Wayne Blair presented a premiere screening in his home town of Rockhampton.
The CQUniversity business graduate was applauded by a packed audience of family members, friends and well-wishers as he was introduced by Aussie actor Rhys Muldoon. who appears in the film.
Wayne noted that there were fewer photographers present than when the movie opened at the Cannes Film Festival, but he had enjoyed the experience all the same.
"It's the best feeling to bring it (the film) home where people are so proud of you," he said.
"This film is a beautiful one for all of us, especially for the four young black women (stars) who get to be seen as heroes in posters all around the country."
Wayne gave a special thanks to his dad for teaching him about discipline and to his mum for having such a great amount of heart.
Wayne thanks local girl Kiani Ross-Lubke for coming in character
Rhys Muldoon introduces Wayne to the audience
Hundreds turned out for the red-carpet event
The cinema congratulated Wayne on his success