The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Stephan Elliott (1994)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Brilliantly bitchy, fabulously photographed and wonderfully played, this Australian frock opera (the costumes won a well-deserved Oscar) addresses serious issues with satirical accuracy and profound insight. Tossing the niceties of sexual politics out of the window of a speeding bus, director Stephan Elliott sets about exposing the soft underbelly of the Australian male. Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the outback in a dilapidated coach for a gig in that bastion of machismo, Alice Springs, en route finding themselves in all manner of hilarious fish-out-of-water situations. As they gaily bemuse Aborigines, bait vicious homophobes and find kindred spirits among Australia's diverse immigrant communities, they come to terms not only with their own shortcomings, but also with Australia's countless contradictions. Ingeniously cast against type, Terence Stamp is a revelation as the hard-drinking transsexual, but he's matched all the way by the versatile Hugo Weaving and the dashing Guy Pearce. Tremendous fun, with a deliciously sugar-coated message, this is the closest the cinema has come to a proper musical in years.


Three drag queens set off across the Australian Outback to play a season of shows in an Alice Springs hotel - but it is not long before they break down and end up staying in a rough town where their outrageous mannerisms, glittery frocks and teetering high heels are definitely out of place. Comedy, starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving.

Cast & Crew

Bernadette Terence Stamp
Tick / Mitzi Hugo Weaving
Adam / Felicia Guy Pearce
Bob Bill Hunter
Marion Sarah Chadwick
Benjamin Mark Holmes
Cynthia Julia Cortez
Frank Ken Radley
Aboriginal man Alan Dargin
Logowoman Rebel Russell
Shirley June Marie Bennett
Bartender John Casey
Priest Al Clark
Adam's Mum Margaret Pomeranz
Miner Murray Davies
Petrol Station Attendant Bob Boyce
Young Adam Leighton Picken
Ma Maria Kmet
Pa Joseph Kmet
Director Stephan Elliott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Jun 2019