form y The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert single work   film/TV   humour   satire  
Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994
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'Tick' Belrose, a Sydney drag queen, accepts his ex-wife's invitation to bring his stage show to the outback. Felicia, a younger drag queen, and the grieving Bernadette. They set out for Alice Springs in a second-hand bus that they name 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'. the journey takes them to Broken Hill, Coober Pedy and are rescued by an open-minded mechanic when Priscilla breaks down in the desert. In Alice Springs, Tick meets the young son he barely knows and the three climb Kings Canyon together in full drag, before making their debut at the Alice Springs casino.

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'I Will Survive!' : Australia's 10 Best LGBT Films Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 April 2016;

— Review of The Getting Of Wisdom Eleanor Witcombe 1978 single work film/TV ; The Sum of Us David Stevens 1994 single work film/TV ; 52 Tuesdays Matthew Cormack Sophie Hyde 2014 single work film/TV ; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott 1994 single work film/TV ; Head On Andrew Bovell Ana Kokkinos Mira Robertson 1998 single work film/TV ; Love and Other Catastrophes Stavros Kazantzidis Yael Bergman 1996 single work film/TV ; Remembering the Man Eleanor Sharpe Nick Bird 2015 single work film/TV ; The Suicide Theory Michael J. Kospiah 2014 single work film/TV
y Making Priscilla Al Clark , Sydney : Momentum Books , 2016 9325637 2016 single work autobiography

'Al Clark, producer of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, describes in hilarious detail the follies of the movie business, how this outrageous and enduring film came to be made, how it could so easily have gone wrong, and how it became the international phenomenon it remains over two decades later.

'One of the most successful Australian films of all time, it is now also a stage musical which has been performed in a dozen countries – and on one cruise ship.' (Publication summary)

Altjeringa and Didgeridoo : Australian Identity Devices on Polyphonic Spatiality of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Stephan Elliott Jorge Alves Santana , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) is an Australian film directed by Stephan Elliott. It expresses socio- and aesthetically a perspective of devices that produce contemporary subjectivities in Australia. In this article, some aspects of the production of such subjectivities shall be discussed in terms of possible cross mobilities, present in relations strained by spatiality - in their lieux and non-lieux, lieux lisse and lieux strié (AUGÉ, 1992; 1997; 2006; Deleuze, 1997) - traveled by the trio of protagonists who, in the trip from Sydney to Alice Springs, meet an Aboriginal community in the heart of the Outback. Among Altjeringa and the didgeridoo, we will follow this meeting between homoaffective and ancestral identities, which, on a certain semantic level of this film, indicates contexts of political and cultural negotiations in the historical and imaginative nation building process (Anderson, 2006), carried out by the stratified Australian society.' (Publication abstract)
Hugo is Our Queen of the Desert Again Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 October 2015; (p. 30)
Don't Be a Drag Just Be a Queen Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 August 2015; (p. 45)
Don’t Let Them Drag You Down Diana Sandars , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , 2008 no. 48 2008;

— Review of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott 1994 single work film/TV
Cultural Comparisons Constantine Santas , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , September-October no. 9 2000;

— Review of Muriel's Wedding P. J. Hogan 1994 single work film/TV ; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott 1994 single work film/TV
'I Will Survive!' : Australia's 10 Best LGBT Films Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 April 2016;

— Review of The Getting Of Wisdom Eleanor Witcombe 1978 single work film/TV ; The Sum of Us David Stevens 1994 single work film/TV ; 52 Tuesdays Matthew Cormack Sophie Hyde 2014 single work film/TV ; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott 1994 single work film/TV ; Head On Andrew Bovell Ana Kokkinos Mira Robertson 1998 single work film/TV ; Love and Other Catastrophes Stavros Kazantzidis Yael Bergman 1996 single work film/TV ; Remembering the Man Eleanor Sharpe Nick Bird 2015 single work film/TV ; The Suicide Theory Michael J. Kospiah 2014 single work film/TV
y The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Philip Brophy , Strawberry Hills Canberra : Currency Press Australian Film Commission , 2008 Z1471536 2008 single work criticism
The Orphan Complex : An Australian Myth Travels to Asia Gabrielle Finnane , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia and Asia : Cultural Transactions 1997; (p. 52-69)
'This essay is a redescription of Australian films set in or dealing in some way with Asia. If an imaginary 'Asia' is sometimes a feature of Australian films, it is only as a generic motif viewed entirely through a lens of internal preoccupations of Australian culture. [...] To my eyes Romper Stomper and The Good Woman of Bangkok have a long cultural genealogy (pp. 53, 54).
Top Five Oz Road Films Gillian Cumming , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2009; (p. 12)
Australia Crossed-Over : Images of Cross-Dressing in Australian Art Elizabeth McMahon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Art And Australia , vol. 34 no. 3 1997; (p. 372-379)
McMahon discusses the way in which 'from the early colonial period, transvestism has been deployed as a central motif or conceit in Australian visual art, photography and film, as well as in ballads, literary narratives and drama (p.374).
Tripping on the Light Fantastic : A Bit of a Look at Australian Film Adrian Mitchell , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 23 no. 1997;
'In the beginning is the word: there has to be a script. But even before a word is said there's light, and camera, and action. Films are before all else about light, and about what can be realised through light. That pre-eminence of light was acknowledged in the old-time movie theatres, in the custom, now regrettably lapsed, of having the projection illuminating the screen before the curtains were drawn open, so that the promised world of light could be glimpsed before revelation, symbolically seen through a veil which then parted — and behold, a new heaven and a new earth. Those who arrived late, after the houselights had gone down, followed their own little subdued pool of light, the usherette's torch, down the carpeted aisles.' (Author's abstract)
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