The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual woman, played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp, across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named "Priscilla", along the way encountering various groups and individuals. Containing elements of comedy, the film's title is a pun on the fact that in English speaking cultures, "queen" is a slang term for a male homosexual. The film was noted for helping to bring Australian cinema to world attention and for its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals, helping to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience. The film has also been criticized for perceived racist and sexist stereotyping. The film received predominantly positive reviews and won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 67th Academy Awards. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and became a cult classic in both Australia and abroad. Priscilla subsequently provided the basis for a musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which opened in 2006 in Sydney before travelling to New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New York City's Broadway.

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Actors & Characters

Terence Stamp Terence Stamp Bernadette Bassenger Bernadette Bassenger
Hugo Weaving Hugo Weaving Mitzi Del Bra Mitzi Del Bra
Guy Pearce Guy Pearce Felicia Jollygoodfellow Felicia Jollygoodfellow
Bill Hunter Bill Hunter Bob Bob
Rebel Penfold-Russell Rebel Penfold-Russell Logowoman Logowoman
John Casey John Casey Bartender Bartender
June Marie Bennett June Marie Bennett Shirley Shirley
Frank Cornelius Frank Cornelius Piano Player Piano Player
Murray Davies Murray Davies Miner Miner
Bob Boyce Bob Boyce Petrol Station Attendant Petrol Station Attendant


Brian J. Breheny Cinematography
Stephan Elliott Director
Sue Blainey Editor
Guy Gross Music
Michael Hamlyn Producer
Al Clark Producer
Stephan Elliott Writer