Friday, 27 January 2017

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Review (Australia Day 2017)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Release Date: 8th September 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment 
Australian Film Finance Corporation (in association with)
Latent Image Productions Pty. Ltd (producer)
Specific Films (producer)
New South Wales Film & Television Office

Genre: Comedy
Rating: M

Runtime: 99 minutes

Budget: A$1,884,200

Box Office Gross: $16,459,245

Plot Summary
With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Bernadette, Tick and Adam have personal reasons for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered tour bus 'Priscilla', these wickedly funny drama queens head for the outback... where their spectacular adventures are more than matched by their spectacular outfits.

Hugo Weaving - Tick/Mitzi
Terence Stamp - Bernadette
Guy Pearce - Adam/Felicia
Bill Hunter - Robert 'Bob' Spart
Julia Cortez - Cynthia Campos
June Marie Bennett - Shirley
Alan Dargin - Aboriginal Man
Mark Holmes - Benjamin
Sarah Chadwick - Marion
Daniel Kellie - Young Ralph
Leighton Picken - Young Adam
Ken Radley - Frank
Hannah Corbett - Ralph's Sister
Trevor Barrie - Ralph's Father
Margaret Pomeranz - Adam's Mom (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - Stephan Elliott
Executive Producer - Rebel Penfold-Russell
Producers - Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn
Production Designer - Owen Paterson
Costume Designers - Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel
Film Editor - Sue Blainey
Music - Guy Gross


1994 Academy Awards
Best Costume Design - Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner (Won)

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT was an iconic film that was not just for Australian viewers. Back in the year of its release, it was seen as risqué but nowadays the lifestyle choices of the main characters are mostly accepted by the broader community. PRISCILLA was a low-budget road comedy with an unusual premise about cross-dressers (sans one) being stuck in the desert of Australia. The script is well-written with moments of humour including a few jabs at ABBA as well as poignancy with scenes containing prejudice and discrimination which some viewers may find offensive.

The film takes you to the scenery of the outback in its cinematography with kitschy costume design and disco-flavoured background music to see the glitz, glamour and flamboyance in PRISCILLA. Hugo Weaving was cast in one of the lead roles and was an unknown actor, he acted with fellow newcomer and co-star Guy Pearce who was the sassiest of the bunch and Terence Stamp is literally the old drama queen who can't seem to hold his stuffiness for any longer.

PRISCILLA is a flamboyant and comical film which is a must see for Aussie film-buffs.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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