Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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Director: Stephan Elliott

Cast: Stephan Elliott, Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce

     
 

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The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired… See more details below

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The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired of it all and is also haunted by the bizarre death of an old loved one. Nevertheless, when Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road. Along the way, the act encounters any number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while Bernadette becomes increasingly concerned about the path her life has taken.

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A campy ode to alternative lifestyles and the music of ABBA, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is nonetheless rarely played for straight laughs, respecting the dignity of its subjects too much to mock them. Instead, it's a rich study of how smiles and wit can conceal, or fail to conceal, private pain. Like the American movie it obviously inspired, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), Priscilla dresses up in drag a bunch of actors who (in retrospect, if not at the time) are more familiar to audiences in macho contexts: British heavy Terence Stamp and Aussies Guy Pearce (a hard-boiled cop in L.A. Confidential) and Hugo Weaving (the villainous agent in The Matrix). The trio has a rollicking good time across the outback, in spite of the vitriol they must often deflect, giving a sadly realistic glimpse of the defensive shield those at society's fringes must assimilate as a given part of their daily lives. Stamp in particular stands out, eloquently weathered for what seems to be his last hurrah. Director Stephan Elliott astutely captures the strange clashing of the big city (the flamboyant road trippers) and the back water (their hosts and hecklers). Beyond being a fond favorite among gay audiences, the film's sensitive character portrayal has earned it a wider appreciation that exceeds cult status.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
UPC:
0883904242338
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
12,585

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terence Stamp Bernadette
Hugo Weaving Tick/Mitzi
Guy Pearce Adam/Felicia
Bill Hunter Bob
Sarah Chadwick Marion
Mark Holmes Benji
Julia Cortez Cynthia
Ken Radley Frank
Alan Dargin Aboriginal Man
June Marie Bennett Shirley
Rebel Russell Logowoman
Al Clark Priest
Margaret Pomeranz Adam's Mum

Technical Credits
Stephan Elliott Director,Screenwriter
Sue Blainey Editor
Brian J. Breheny Cinematographer
Tim Chappel Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Clark Producer
Stuart Freeman Asst. Director
Lizzy Gardiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Gibson Art Director
Guy Gross Score Composer
Michael Hamlyn Producer
Cassie Hanlon Makeup
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Paterson Production Designer
Rebel Penfold-Russell Executive Producer
Rebel Russell Executive Producer
Sue Seeary Associate Producer,Production Manager
Guntis Sics Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Simper Stunts
Mark White Choreography

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Audio commentary by director Stephan Elliott; Birth of a Queen featurette ; Deleted scenes ; Tidbits from the set ; The Bus From Blooperville outtakes ; Original theatrical trailer

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