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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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)
'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
Our New Queens of the Desert are Dressed to Impress Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 May 2015; (p. 5)
First Person Colin Vickery (interviewer), 2015 single work
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 14 June 2015; (p. 6)
Tell Him He's Not Dreamin' Anymore Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 19 July 2015; (p. 80)
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)
From Barry McKenzie to Priscilla : The Evolution of the Aussie Comedy Hero Luke Buckmaster , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 August 2015;
Journey as Important as the Destination Karl Quinn , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 August 2015; (p. 18)
Hugo is Our Queen of the Desert Again Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 October 2015; (p. 30)
form y Between a Frock and a Hard Place Alex Barry , Paul Clarke , Australia : Jungleboys Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2015 10273429 2015 single work film/TV

The story behind The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Fit For a Queen Sally Pryor , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 February 2014; (p. 6)
Legacy of Priscilla Now Something to Celebrate Jodie Munro O'Brian , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 April 2014; (p. 51)
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
An Australasian Lens? Anthony Lambert , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 7 no. 1 2013; (p. 3-7)

'The uses and understandings of the category ‘Australasian’ seem to shift and vary within the multiple contexts of the term’s application. Each new

volume of Studies in Australasian Cinema, for example, not only negotiates the elasticity of screen culture, production, and scholarship as critical ‘objects’, but also speaks simultaneously (often in the broadest and even tangential senses) to regional experiences of, or responses to, all of these. ' (Author's introduction)

Out in the Outback : Queering Nationalism in Australian Film Comedy Peter Kunz , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 7 no. 1 2013; (p. 49-59)
'The ‘ocker film’ was one of the defining subgenres of the revitalized Australian cinema of the 1970s. Characterized by bawdy humor and roguish escapades, these picaresque films satirically perpetuated an image of folksy Australian masculinity that countered and antagonized a queered image of British masculinity. To this end, these popular comedies rebuked the lingering British cultural influence in Australia while underscoring its distinctive humor and cultural identity, albeit one that was often sexist, anti-intellectual, and homophobic. In the 1990s, a series of Australian film comedies took up (and took on) the ocker tradition to revise this problematic image of Australian masculinity. In this essay, I argue that The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) re-appropriates and revises the ocker tradition, especially its pervasive heteronormativity. Though it falters in its treatment of women and ethnic minorities, Priscilla promotes a message of diversity that queers what I call the ‘andronationalism’ – that is, masculinized nationalism – touted in the ocker film tradition to envision a more modern and more inclusive image of Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Wedded to the Genre Rodney Chester , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 December - 1 January 2012; (p. 13)
'A childhood obsession and a socking accident combined to steer Stephan Elliott back up the aisle.'
Hat's Off to Frock and Awe Charles Waterstreet , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 February 2012; (p. 12)
Cinematic and Televisual Cities Ben Goldsmith , 2012-2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 215-221)
'This article introduces the nine articles that comprise the 'Cities' issue of Studies in Australasian Cities. Established and emerging scholars explore cities in Australian and New Zealand film and television. Articles cover aspects of media production, reception and exhibition in particular cities, studies of various city characters and spaces, and analyses of the relationship between representations of a city on-screen and the 'real' city.' (Editor's abstract)
The Emerald City of Oz : The City of Sydney as a Gay Space in Australian Feature Films Scott McKinnon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 307-319)
'Australian feature films featuring gay male characters have consistently defined the inner-city - and particularly the inner-city of Sydney - as a gay space. This article examines a range of such films within the historical context of the emergence of gay male community and culture in Sydney. While this history reveals the complex and contested nature of gay men's connections to the city, on-screen depictions have tended to mask such complexity in favour of a simplistic urban/gay versus rural/straight divide. By repeatedly exploring gay life in inner-city spaces through the eyes of heterosexual, rural visitors, Australian films have developed and replicated discourses that have seen Sydney defined as the 'true' home of gay male community and culture.' (Editor's abstract)
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)
Relations of Difference : Asianness, Indigeneity and Whiteness in Simone Lazaroo's Fiction Robyn Morris , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 32 no. 1-2 2010; (p. 116-129)
Simone Lazaroo's fiction is important in discussions of Australian identity formation for its exploration of acculturated representations of both Asianness and Indigeneity. Her body of work brings to visibility issues of representation, especially the way race and gender are intertwined as artificial constructs of difference within Australian cultural and historical discourse. This article examines how Lazaroo's novels engage in a triangulated contemporary representational politics through the articulation of 'relations of difference' in which characters of Asian, Indigenous and Anglo ancestry interact and react to racialised and gendered inscriptions of otherness. This article explores how Lazaroo critiques the hyper-visuality and sexualising of the Asian female body by the dominant white Anglo Australian society and the concomitant erasure of the Indigenous body and culture in stories of nation in The World Waiting to be Made (1994), The Australian Fiancé (2000), and The Travel Writer (2006). These works signal Lazaroo's ongoing interrogation of the politics of both relations of difference and looking relations. [from Kunapipi 32,1-2, Abstracts, p. 245]
Australian Screen Comedy : An Overview David McKie , R. J. Thompson , Sue Turnbull , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 10 no. 2 1996; (p. 7-10)
Camping Outback : Landscape, Masculinity, and Performance in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Allan James Thomas , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 10 no. 2 1996; (p. 97-110)
y Reel Locations : The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films Anthony Roberts , Prahran : Explore Australia , 2011 Z1793927 2011 single work prose travel 'Did you know that because baby pigs grow at an alarming rate, 48 pigs were used for the filming of Babe? Or that the town of Poowong in South Gippsland was selected for the premier of Kenny? Reel Locations: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films is a book for anyone with an interest in Australian films - and for those wanting to relive the magic that was created. Covering 20 iconic Australian flicks, film buff Anthony Roberts not only details what locations were used for particular scenes, but also offers travel information on what you'll see if you visit these locations now, as well as where to eat and where to stay. A vibrant design, film stills and many quirky facts round out this enjoyable book that is ideal for both armchair travellers and eager tourists.' (Publisher's blurb)
Wedded to the Genre Rodney Chester , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 December - 1 January 2012; (p. 13)
'A childhood obsession and a socking accident combined to steer Stephan Elliott back up the aisle.'
Hat's Off to Frock and Awe Charles Waterstreet , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 February 2012; (p. 12)
Priscilla vs Kevin 07, King of the Desert Bill Wright , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Interstellar Ramjet Scoop , April no. 242 2008; (p. 7-8)
Cinematic and Televisual Cities Ben Goldsmith , 2012-2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 215-221)
'This article introduces the nine articles that comprise the 'Cities' issue of Studies in Australasian Cities. Established and emerging scholars explore cities in Australian and New Zealand film and television. Articles cover aspects of media production, reception and exhibition in particular cities, studies of various city characters and spaces, and analyses of the relationship between representations of a city on-screen and the 'real' city.' (Editor's abstract)
The Emerald City of Oz : The City of Sydney as a Gay Space in Australian Feature Films Scott McKinnon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 307-319)
'Australian feature films featuring gay male characters have consistently defined the inner-city - and particularly the inner-city of Sydney - as a gay space. This article examines a range of such films within the historical context of the emergence of gay male community and culture in Sydney. While this history reveals the complex and contested nature of gay men's connections to the city, on-screen depictions have tended to mask such complexity in favour of a simplistic urban/gay versus rural/straight divide. By repeatedly exploring gay life in inner-city spaces through the eyes of heterosexual, rural visitors, Australian films have developed and replicated discourses that have seen Sydney defined as the 'true' home of gay male community and culture.' (Editor's abstract)
Nobody Can Like Cannes Can Ray Cassin , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , June-July vol. 4 no. 5 1994; (p. 56-57)
Priscilla, Ginger and Fred Evan Williams , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 39 no. 6 1995; (p. 53-56)
Four of the Best Push Boundaries Keith Connolly , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 August 1994; (p. 7)
Our Cannes-Do Film-Makers Andrew L. Urban , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 May 1994; (p. 10)
Camping it Up at Cannes Lynden Barber , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 May 1994; (p. 24)
Life as a Masquerade Leigh Raymond , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 September 1994; (p. rev 11)
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