Movies Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The (1994, Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving) Published 5 months ago on October 4, 2018 Camp, flashy and determinedly gay in its sensibilities, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was at the forefront of a series of films dealing with the lives of men in frocks. The story may be sparse but it’s a whole heap of fun. Drag artist Anthony (Hugo Weaving) has been offered a job in the town of Alice Springs at the centre of Australia. He’s unsure of whether to go or how to get there. Adam (Guy Pearce) is a muscular drag queen from a wealthy family who wants him to do something with his life. Bernadette (Terence Stamp) is a recently altered transsexual who is grieving over the death of her partner. Adam decides that the trip to Alice Springs is just what he needs and buys a broken-down bus to transport them. Together, Adam and Anthony persuade Bernadette that she needs the change and challenge in life. Christening their lightly lavender bus ‘Priscilla’, the three of them set off on an odyssey across Australia. What follows is a road movie through the Outback as three urbane Sydneyites make the journey to Alice Springs, bringing with them their own brand of humour, opposition to discrimination and overpowering love of any music by ABBA. En route, the bus breaks down, enabling the trio to face up to the seriously redneck Ockers who have never been faced with such a determinedly out group of drag queens. They meet up with a tribe of entranced Aborigines who joyfully join in with one of the group’s glittering pop routines, and introduce the gentle Bob (Bill Hunter) to Bernadette. The dramatic nub of the film arrives when the battle bus comes into Alice Springs and Bernadette and Adam discover that they have been offered the job by Anthony’s ex-wife, who wants him to take more control in the upbringing of their son (Mark Holmes). While Adam and Bernadette are trying to come to terms with the deep, dark secrets of Anthony’s past, Anthony is trying to sort out his relationship with his ex-wife (Sarah Chadwick) and his son. The story gives director Stephan Elliott the opportunity to dress up both his cast and the countryside with previously unseen cinematic images that remain in the mind long after the story is forgotten. For Time Out: ‘Most impressive is the Fellini-esque panache writer/director Elliott brings to the visuals, isolating the extravagantly dressed figures in astonishing, orange-tinted landscapes and staging the production numbers like a frustrated director of musicals. Hard not to be swept along.’ production details Australia | 104 minutes | 1994 Director and Writer: Stephan Elliott cast Guy Pearce as Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow Terence Stamp as Ralph/Bernadette Bassenger Hugo Weaving as Anthony Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra Bill Hunter as Bob Sarah Chadwick as Marion June Marie Bennett as Shirley Bill HunterComedyDramaGuy PearceHugo WeavingJune Marie BennettSarah ChadwickStephan ElliottTerence Stamp Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes22 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... 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