The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Part of our "Top Hits" series, 'Priscilla' premiered at the Original in 1994 and was a huge hit with Princess patrons. Reacquaint yourself with Priscilla's irresistible charms!

“You don’t do a movie about two drag queens and a transsexual traveling in an old school bus halfway across Australia without loading on the sequins and making cinematic use of the awesome outback. But I wasn’t prepared for the generosity and gorgeousness with which Aussie writer-director Stephan Elliott turn this most unlikely road picture into something arresting in its naive vision of a perfectly tolerant world.
“I also didn’t expect to be so moved by Terence Stamp, regal as the transsexual, Bernadette. Stamp’s performance, so bold in its seriousness and delicacy, is a good foil for the antics of the two younger members of the party: Mitzi (Hugo Weaving), on a journey to meet some important people from his past, and Felicia (Guy Pearce), a pretty, bitchy young performer. In keeping with the genre, the trio have Big Adventures on and off the bus (Priscilla is the name of the vehicle), accompanied by the boom-boom sounds of ABBA and other ’70s disco phenoms. The highlight of this mad production is a full-war-paint performance of Gloria Gaynor’s ”I Will Survive,” staged in the desert for the benefit of Aborigines who may not know what hit them, but who know what they like.” -Entertainment Weekly


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