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Aussies films headed to Toronto festival
The Sapphires. Picture: Hopscotch

Australian film The Sapphires has been selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Inspired by the Tony Briggs stage-play of the same name, The Sapphires is a musical comedy about four Aboriginal girls who tour Vietnam during the war in the the late 1960s.

It stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell as an all-girl singing group who are discovered by an unlikely talent scout, played by Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids).

After its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it will be released in Australia on August 9, before its North American premiere.

Lore, a joint Australian-German production, will also feature at the Toronto festival, along with The Sapphires in the special presentation program.

Lore, based on the Man Booker Prize finalist The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert and adapted for the screen by Cate Shortland, tells the journey five children embark on across war-torn Germany in 1945.