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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.


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Release Date:
10 August 1994 (USA) See more »
It's the Australian film that blitzed overseas box offices. It caused a near riot at the Cannes Film Festival. It won an Academy Award®. It's fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. It's a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock. See more »
Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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My road trip adventures in a bus never matched this amazing tour. See more (127 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugo Weaving ... Anthony 'Tick' Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra

Guy Pearce ... Adam Whitely / Felicia Jollygoodfellow

Terence Stamp ... Ralph Waite / Bernadette Bassenger

Rebel Penfold-Russell ... Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
John Casey ... Bartender
June Marie Bennett ... Shirley
Murray Davies ... Miner
Frank Cornelius ... Piano Player
Bob Boyce ... Petrol Station Attendant
Leighton Picken ... Young Adam
Maria Kmet ... Ma
Joseph Kmet ... Pa
Alan Dargin ... Aboriginal Man

Bill Hunter ... Robert 'Bob' Spart
Julia Cortez ... Cynthia Campos
Daniel Kellie ... Young Ralph
Hannah Corbett ... Ralph's Sister
Trevor Barrie ... Ralph's Father
Ken Radley ... Frank
Sarah Chadwick ... Marion
Mark Holmes ... Benjamin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Chappel ... Drag-Queen in Barber's Chair (uncredited)
Al Clark ... Priest (uncredited)
Stephan Elliott ... Doorman (uncredited)
Lizzy Gardiner ... Naughty Maid at Hotel (uncredited)
Margaret Pomeranz ... Adam's Mum (uncredited)
Christian Stead ... Featured Extra (uncredited)
Nikki Webster ... Featured Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephan Elliott 
Writing credits
Stephan Elliott (written by)

Produced by
Al Clark .... producer
Michael Hamlyn .... producer
Grant Lee .... tyro producer
Rebel Penfold-Russell .... executive producer
Sue Seeary .... associate producer
Stuart Quin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Guy Gross 
Cinematography by
Brian J. Breheny (director of photography) (as Brian J Breheny)
Film Editing by
Sue Blainey 
Production Design by
Owen Paterson 
Art Direction by
Colin Gibson 
Costume Design by
Tim Chappel 
Lizzy Gardiner 
Makeup Department
Angela Conte .... hair stylist
Angela Conte .... makeup artist
Cassie Hanlon .... hair artist
Cassie Hanlon .... key makeup artist
Strykermeyer .... hair stylist
Strykermeyer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tekin Cetinkaya .... assistant unit manager
Rick Kornaat .... unit manager
Sue Seeary .... post-production supervisor
Sue Seeary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Freeman .... first assistant director
Colin Gibson .... additional directing
Maria Phillips .... second assistant director
Jamie Platt .... third assistant director
Emma Schofield .... second assistant director
Art Department
Graham Beatty .... art department electrician
Lyall Beckmann .... welder
Kerrie Brown .... props buyer
Simon Clayton .... scenic artist
Jonathan Desprez .... carpenter
Roz Hinde .... soft furnishings
John Murch .... prop maker
Philipa Playford .... prop maker (as Philippa Playford)
Dougal Thompson .... carpenter
Yann Vignes .... art department runner
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley editor
Tim Colvin .... assistant sound effects editor (as Tim 'Lobes' Colvin)
Steve Erskine .... sound coordinator (as Stephen 'The Gherkin' Erskine)
Steve Erskine .... sound effects editor (as Stephen 'The Gherkin' Erskine)
Simon Hewitt .... adr recordist (as Simon 'Dionne' Hewitt)
Phil Judd .... sound mixer
Phil Judd .... sound supervisor
Gerry Long .... foley editor
Fiona McBain .... boom swinger
Angus Robertson .... dialogue editor (as Angus 'Goose' Robertson)
Grant Shepherd .... sound: additional recording
Guntis Sics .... additional sound designer
Guntis Sics .... sound recordist
Danielle Wiessner .... additional adr editor
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Robert Simper .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Booth .... gaffer
Richard Bradshaw .... assistant: second unit
Michael Gaffney .... grip assistant
Peter Holland .... third electric
Matt Inglis .... best boy (as Best Naughty Boy)
Elise Lockwood .... still photographer
Ian McAlpine .... grip
Pat Nash .... key grip
Bill Ross .... camera liaison
Adrien Seffrin .... focus puller
Anna Townsend .... clapper loader
Martin Turner .... camera: second unit
Casting Department
Bobbie Pick-up .... casting: Broken Hill (as Bobbie Pickup)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brett Cooper .... wardrobe coordinator
Glenn Lewis .... gowns: Mr Breheny (as Miss 3D)
Emily Seresin .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Tony Lynch .... post-production liaison
Karen Psaltis .... negative matcher
Michael Robertson .... telecine operator
Ian Russell .... laboratory liaison: Atlab Australia
Andrew Yuncken .... assistant editor (as Andy 'Foofy' Yuncken)
Music Department
Robyne Dunn .... singer: soprano solo (as Robyn Dunn)
Coralie Hartl .... orchestra contractor
Phillip Hartl .... concert master
Simon Leadley .... music engineer
Sydney Philharmonia Choir .... music performers
Sydney Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra
Antony Walker .... choir director
Diana Williams .... music clearances: songs
Derek Williams .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Cogar .... set mechanic
Mark McKinley .... driver
Tim Parry .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Antonia Barnard .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Libby Blainey .... title designer
Dave Burge .... liaison: Coober Pedy
Lorraine Calway .... insurance broker: Jardine Tolley
Martin Cooper .... legal representation: Martin Cooper + Co
Kate Dennis .... continuity
Mark Devereux .... legal representation: Simon Olswang + Co
Tim Duggan .... unit assistant
Russell Fewtrell .... unit assistant
Colin Gibson .... catering: Sunday
Deb Gwilliam .... catering assistant
Julia Gwilliam .... unit nurse
Rick Kornaat .... location manager
Michael Kuhn .... big cheese
Catherine Lavelle .... unit publicist
Grant Lee .... coordinator: second unit (as Grant D. Lee)
Robyn Lee .... trainer: tranny
Terry Lee .... aerial pilot
Paul Malane .... unit assistant
Frank Mangano .... unit assistant
John May .... production accountant
Mark Nancarrow .... catering assistant
Jo O'Keefe .... liaison: London office
Jenny Lee Robinson .... tutor (as Jenny-Lee Robinson)
Esther Rodewald .... production coordinator
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Robert Simper .... safety supervisor
Kim Steblina .... liaison: base office
Strykermeyer .... executive consultant: drag
Mark White .... choreographer
Clare Wise .... assistant to producers
Martin Armiger .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Maureen Barron .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Graham Bradstreet .... special thanks: no cream - cherries optional
Caroline Burton .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
David Cipriano .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Sue Cohen .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Kim Dalton .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Ann Darrouzet .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Andrena Finlay .... extra special thanks: with cream on top
Kim Green .... special thanks: no cream - cherries optional
Billy Hinshelwood .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Merlyne Jamieson .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Sheridan Jobbins .... thanks
Tom Knapp .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Keith Lupton .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Xavier Marchand .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Graeme Mason .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Jane Moore .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Tracey Mulligan .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Owen Paterson .... acknowledgment: Gloria's Puncture Kit provided by
Aline Perry .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Sarah Radclyffe .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Brian Ross .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Peter Skillman .... extra special thanks: with cream on top
Kathryn Smith .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener
Stewart Till .... quite special thanks: hold the sweetener

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Rated R for sex-related situations and language
104 min
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The opening and closing scenes were both filmed on the same day.See more »
Continuity: Tik is practising their dance routines and he is wearing a green dress and he's got a cigarette in his hand. In one shot the cigarette is there and in the next, which is far away, it's not there.See more »
[First Lines]
[Tick is hit in back of head with beer can, falls]
Felicia:Are you Okay?...
[Felicia grabs mic]
Felicia:Oh that was fucking charming, you gutless pack of dickheads.
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Who plays the drag queen during the closing credits?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
My road trip adventures in a bus never matched this amazing tour., 19 December 2012
Author: Jason Shaw from United Kingdom

A relatively low budget Australian film about drag queens took the world by storm, almost caused a riot at the Cannes film festival and drove a million young queens to the dressing up box in the hunt for sequins, sparkles and pink flip-flops! The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert gave us such classic lines as, "Just what this country needs, another cock in a frock on a rock!" and "Listen here you mullet, why don't you just light your tampon and blow your box apart, it's the only bang you're ever going to get, sweetheart"

It is without exception the best and arguably the most successful drag queen movie of all time, breaking box office records and capturing the top of the charts in numerous countries around the world. It was an Academy award winning extravaganza of glitter, glam and lip-syncing with the most outrageously camp costumes the world had seen outside Madame JoJo's or Funny Girls! Uproariously funny and yet deeply affecting it proved to be way more than just a camp outing of tried and tested queer humour.

The late eighties was a bit of a coming of age time for Australia's gay population, especially Sydney, it really came alive and blossomed into one of the bigger gay populations in the world. Australia has a reputation for all the big butch manly men, which considering how the modern nation of Australia started, would seem pretty accurate, only it's not, it's completely different, ever so much more vibrant and colourful. It is that vibrancy, that colour and that hopefulness that is so perfectly depicted in Priscilla.

Stephen Elliott, the director and writer, who incidentally has a small cameo in the movie as a cute door boy in Alice, says he saw drag shows in other places, like the US and England, which were essentially men in dresses lip-syncing to other peoples songs. In Australia they did the same, but took it in a completely new direction, it became a completely new strange variety of theatre, so much so that he even used to go to drag queen jelly wrestling, pushing the envelope to the maximum. It was this experience along with watching a drunken drag queen at the Sydney gay Mardi Gras, which gave birth to the movie idea, which took hardly any time at all to write.

From the very opening you know this film has deep rooted soul, first shots of Hugo as Mitzi mouthing the words to the poignant Charlene song, 'I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me' give the impression of an emotively sad song, yet this is so rapidly defused by the appearance of a lethargic priest and Felicia nursing a baby rubber chicken. You have left in no doubt after that that is no ordinary Australian movie and the jokes and gags just tumble on from there in rapid succession. However it's not all giggles, there are some key moments of high emotion - seeing the graffiti sprayed on the side of the bus in pink paint the morning after shocks the trio along with the audience and strikes a chord with those of old enough to have lived through a time of such prejudice and discrimination and how true those word seem when they ring in our ears, that no matter how tough we think we are, such things still hurt.

There are deeply moving scenes, such as the gay bashing of Felicia and the confrontation between Mitzi and his son in Alice, which really seem seep through the comedy to dance in your heart and make you fall in love with the film.  One of the key aspects of the movie is the superb casting; Terrence Stamp previously typecast as your typical British villain, took a risk on the role of Bernadette and knocked it out of the water in a downbeat, down trodden put upon yet completely resilient way. Hugo Weaving is the less visually striking member of the trio and the central character of Mitzi, who really is the lynch pin between the two worlds. The role of Felecia is taken by the simply stunning Guy Pearce who had literally just left long running soap Neighbours, in which he played goodie two shoes Mike and was an inspired choice and oh so pretty. Guy's superb performance takes the movie to new heights and is so good that the he has had trouble-convincing people he is actually straight in real life, even to this day. Bill Hunter a massive Australian character actor shines outstandingly as the gruff and butch Bob, the mechanic and unlikely love interest for one of the three.

Priscilla is a beautiful magical combination of humour, catty bitchiness, kitsch costumes, stunning disco soundtrack and subtle sentiment with provocative thoughtful scenes and a delicate brush of honesty. Some jokes are obvious so too is the stereotypical veneer of the characters upon first glance, yet look a little deep as the film rolls on, you see more and more layers being unpeeled and exposed in a gently moving and comical way. It is one of the most enjoyable gay movies of all time; each subsequent viewing cements that sentiment further into fact. Read more and find out where this film made it in the Top 50 Most Influential Gay Movies of All Time book, search on Amazon for Top 50 Most Influential Gay Movies of All Time, or visit -

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