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Two drag queens and a transsexual leave Sydney in a bus called 'Priscilla', and travel across half of Australia to climb a rock and put on a show at a resort in the middle of the country. Along the way, they break down, paint the bus lavender, dress up a lot, perform where they shouldn't and encounter hilarity, hostility and incomprehension. THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT is a road movie musical about a collision between three people in the wrong costumes and an environment that does not want them.

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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Director
Stephan Elliott
Writers
Stephan Elliott
Producer
Al Clark  Michael Hamlyn
Executive Producers
Rebel Penfold-Russell
Dir. of Photography:
Brian Breheny
Composer:
Guy Gross
Editor:
Sue Blainey
Production Designer:
Owen Paterson
Cast
Terence Stamp - Hugo Weaving - Guy Pearce - Bill Hunter - Sarah Chadwick - Mark Holmes - Alan Dargin
Genre
Musical
Production Company
Latent Image Productions Pty Ltd  Specific Films
International Sales
Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • London Australian Film Festival
    (2004)
  • Festival of Australian Film - Sri Lanka
    (2000)
  • Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
    (1997)
  • Strictly Oz - A History of Australian Film - LACMA
    (1996)
  • Australian Visual Software Distributors Association
    (1996)
  • Australia On Screen - Hong Kong
    (1996)
  • Writers Guild Of America, West
    (1995)
  • Video Industry Distributors Association
    (1995)
  • Strictly Oz - A History of Australian Film
    (1995)
  • Moscow International Film Festival
    (1995)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    (1995)
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
    (1995)
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
    (1995)
  • Umea International Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Fest
    (1994)
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Filmfest Hamburg
    (1994)
  • Golden Gate Awards - San Francisco Film Society
    (1994)
  • Flanders International Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Film Information Council
    (1994)
  • Film Critics' Circle of Australia
    (1994)
  • Copenhagen Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Banco National International Film Festival
    (1994)
  • Australian Film Institute
    (1994)

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