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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)


Director/Writer: Stephan Elliott

Hugo Weaving … Tick / Mitzi
Guy Pearce … Adam / Felicia
Terence Stamp … Bernadette
Rebel Penfold-Russell … Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
John Casey … Bartender
June Marie Bennett … Shirley
Murray Davies … Miner
Frank Cornelius … Piano Player
Bob Boyce … Petrol Station Attendant
Leighton Picken … Young Adam
Maria Kmet … Ma
Joseph Kmet … Pa
Alan Dargin … Aboriginal Man
Bill Hunter … Bob
Julia Cortez … Cynthia

It’s the story of two drag queens, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Felicia (Guy Pearce), and a transsexual, Bernadette (Terence Stamp), who decide to take a trip to Alice Springs on a bus, which they name Priscilla.

The majority of the movie revolves around the trip up to Alice Springs, and the various “accidents” they encounter along the way, like for instance their stopover in Broken Hill in full drag outfits, and their adventures after Priscilla breaks down in the middle of nowhere when they meet Bob (Bill Hunter) and his wife Cynthia (Julia Cortez).

They finally make it to Alice Springs in time for their shows, and for a number of surprises.

“It’s nice…in a hideous sort of a way…”

“No matter how tough I think I’m getting, it still hurts…”

“Well, I’ve had a look around and I think we can safely assume that I now know less about motors than when I first lifted up that…that bonnety thing…”

“I’m sorry that I never told you. I’m not sorry that you’re here…”