THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
FRI 19 JAN, 3PM | Arc Cinema | All tickets $5
1994 | M | 104mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Stefan Elliot
Stefan Elliot’s feature about two drag performers and a transgender woman’s odyssey across the Australian outback changed much including the careers of its stars and the public dialogue about drag and gender.
"The plot of Priscilla isn’t as important as the outlandish, wicked dialogue , the wild costumes and makeup, and the general high spirits of the entire enterprise. Dressed in femme clothes throughout, Stamp gives one of his best perfs as the bereaved woman whose latent masculinity occasionally shows through her graciously elegant exterior and who throws herself into the drag numbers with enthusiasm. Also excellent are Weaving, as the bisexual Tick, and Pearce as the muscular but fey Adam, whose obsession with Abba manifests itself in a genuinely bizarre fashion." - David Stratton, Variety
The exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018, features some of designer Lizzy Gardiner’s iconic costumes from the Film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The exhibition also includes on-set portraiture of Hugo Weaving in character as Mitzi, and Guy Pearce in the make-up chair.