’s follow-up to Priscilla
confused audiences and critics, but this mad, kitsch, bittersweet film is the mother of all send-upsPriscilla Queen of the Desert
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Few cinematic debuts are as colourful, spirited, widely revered and incessantly zany as writer/director Stephan Elliott
’s brilliant burlesque The Adventures of Priscilla
, Queen of the Desert
(1994). It was always going to be a tough act to follow and, unsurprisingly, Hollywood came calling.
Elliott was offered work directing streamlined studio fare such as Twister and The First Wives Club
but chose a gutsier path, not just staying local but taking on cranked-to-eleven true-blue comedy in nothing less than the mother of all cinematic send-ups of Australian national identity.