This is the Australian film that took everyone by surprise during 1994…in a pleasant way. The story of three drag queens making their way across the vast outback of Australia in a dilapidated bus named Priscilla was not the type of film you would think would catch on, but it did. It gave us an introduction to Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving and reintroduced us to the brilliance of British actor Terence Stamp. The film was a hit at Cannes, won an Academy Award and played to full houses worldwide.
Stephan Elliot’s (Eye of the Beholder) film is inventive, hilarious and heartwarming all at the same time. You will find yourself wiping your eyes because you’ve laughed too much and cried. You will also find it difficult not to get up off your comfy sofa to dance about the livingroom during the film as it has some of the best music for that sorta thing (ABBA, Ce Ce Peniston, The Village People, Gloria Gaynor, etc). The three men in the lead roles do marvelous jobs as drag queens and the costumes in the film are something else. This is not your usual road movie as it is full of wigs, false eyelashes and outrageous ‘frocks’. Watch it and you’ll fall in love with the three ‘gals’ just like everyone else that has seen the film.
Unhappy with their lives, drag queens Bernadette (Terence Stamp – Young Guns, Legal Eagles) and Felicia (Guy Pearce – Memento, L.A. Confidential) decide to go with Mitzi (Hugo Weaving – The Matrix, V For Vendetta) for a gig she has lined up at a hotel/casino in Alice Springs (in the middle of the Australian desert). What Mitzi has not told Bernadette and Felicia is that her ex-wife is the manager of the hotel/casino and she is going to meet her son.
They leave Sydney on a dilapidated bus they name Priscilla. Along the long ride through the Australian outback they meet one adventure after another. When the Priscilla finally breaks down they find a man, Bob (Bill Hunter – Finding Nemo, Muriel’s Wedding), who will repair it but they have to wait for a part. Life in the small town is not exactly like back home in Sydney in many ways and they find themselves having to adjust.
When they are finally ready to leave Bob decides he wants to go with them as he and Bernadette have become close. All he has to do is get rid of his mail-order bride and he’s off. The adventures continue as Mitzi gets more and more anxious about meeting her son.
-Birth of a Queen
-Tidbits From the Set
-The Bus From Blooperville
-Frocks, Frills and Fotos
-Theatrical teaser trailer