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A Previous Glamorous Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Friday the 6th of May
Pot luck supper @ 7pm
Movie @ 8pm

Guest hosted by Wayne & Brent in Lynn


I'll join this conversation on the proviso that we stop bitching about people, talking about wigs, dresses, bust sizes, penises, drugs, night clubs, and bloody Abba!

Doesn't give us much to talk about then, does it?

--Terence Stamp & Hugo Weaving
as Bernadette & Tick

USA: 1994 -- Directed by Stephan Elliott
Written by Stephan Elliott
Starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp

That's just what this country needs: a cock in a frock on a rock.
--Bernadette (Terence Stamp)

A surprise hit in America, this 1994 Australian comedy is anchored by Terence Stamp as a transsexual who, in the company of two drag queens, travels to a remote desert location to put on a lip-synch performance--to the amazement of the locals. Getting there on a pink bus named Priscilla, the trio stop and play for people all over the Outback, getting the same homophobic, bewildered responses. The dialogue is bitchy and cliche-ridden but works due to the strong acting. The most fun comes whenever the three are performing; fans of Abba will be particularly pleased.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and my Abba turd.


Won Oscar for Best Costume Design (Lizzy Gardiner, Tim Chappel)

Nominated for Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Terence Stamp)

Won GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film

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Memorable Quotes

Bernadette: It's funny. We all sit around mindlessly slagging off that vile stink-hole of a city. But in its own strange way, it takes care of us. I don't know if that ugly wall of suburbia's been put there to stop them getting in, or us getting out. Come on. Don't let it drag you down. Let it toughen you up. I can only fight because I've learnt to. Being a man one day and a woman the next isn't an easy thing to do.

Felicia: Oh, you can't do that with a ping pong ball!

Bernadette: I've said it before, and I'll say it again: "No more fucking ABBA!"

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Tim Curry turned down the role of Mitzy.

In the video store is a poster for Frauds (1993), also directed by Stephan Elliott and also starring Hugo Weaving.

Due to a heavy filming schedule, lots of filming was done while the entire crew was on the road. But because the bus was such a small set, there was no room for the crew. As such in many scenes, they are actually in shot, hiding under clothes and other props.

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Continuity: When Mitzi and Felicia wake up the morning after they left Bernadette and Bob to get drunk, if you look at the shot out of the bus window of Bob and Bernadette, Bernadette's face is next to the cake. Once Mitzi and Felicia are out of the bus, Bernadette's face is on top of the cake.

Continuity: Tick 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.

Crew or equipment visible: After the bus breaks down for the first time in the Australian outback, and Tick (Hugo Weaving) has just given up on trying to fix it, he sits down to eat breakfast with Bernadette (Terence Stamp). In the exchange, a cameraman and some crew members are visible in the reflection of Bernadette's sunglasses.

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