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Killing Priscilla (2000)

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Documentary about director Stephan Elliott's career after making award winning, fan favourite and festival darling- Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. The film touches on Welcome To Woop Woop, ... See full summary »

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Documentary about director Stephan Elliott's career after making award winning, fan favourite and festival darling- Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. The film touches on Welcome To Woop Woop, but mostly focuses on the making of his second follow up, Eye Of The Beholder. Directed by Elliott's friend and collaborator, Lizzie Gardiner, you get an intimate and what feels like a very uncensored look at making a film after great success(Priscilla...) and failure( Welcome...). Gardiner who won an Oscar for costume design for Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and is perhaps more recognisable for having worn a gold American Express dress to the Awards show - manages to infuse humour and sweetness to an otherwise soul crushing process. Worth watching, if only to see some of the behind the scenes antics of a director and his stars (Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor). Written by Layladivine

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Compulsory viewing for all would-be directors
7 July 2000 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film a remarkable insight into Hollywood and film making. No glitz, glamour or incessant sales-pitch spin here. Just long hours and endless struggles with the studio system. The film follows director Stephan Elliot during the making of EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (A fairly successful film that was generally considered to be mediocre at best; and I should add that I haven't seen it at the time of this post). After the massive world wide success of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Elliot's follow up, WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, practically got him thrown out of the business. EYE had to be a success. With the casting coup of Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, both on the cusp of superstardom, as leads in a psycho-sexual thriller there was little chance it would fail. But strangely the studio doesn't seem to care. In fact, as this film tells it, every obstacle to its release is put up.

This documentary shows us the movie business unadorned; the endless drafting, the constant lying and stroking of egos, the fact that a budget of 30mil only gives you about 8mil to work with after everyone down the line has skimmed a little. Watch as Stephan's vision and adaptation of the book are butchered, his set pieces are cut, the money dries up and the finished product (after many re-cuts) is left on the shelf for eighteen months and all but forgotten. This film is offputting but would make great preparation for anyone wanting to enter the business and anyone who ever dreamt of making movies.


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