Open Air | The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

Funny and intensely lovable road movie about two drag queens and a transgender woman from Sydney who travel in a big bus to Alice Springs for a performance.

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Fed up with life in the big city, Mitzi, Felicia, and Bernadette decide to accept an invitation to perform in Alice Springs, in the middle of the desert. An old, bright pink bus is named Priscilla and packed with costumes, glitter, make-up, wigs, alcohol, inflatable breasts, and other attributes. The flamboyant quarrelling trio get on their way to the Australian outback, a long journey full of comic, bizarre and dangerous adventures. Along the way, they pass through various ultra-conservative, isolated village communities, where they are sometimes met with amused surprise, but more often with suspicion and violence.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT was an enormous success at the old Lumière Cinema in the Bogaardenstraat. It is a film that seems almost made for an open-air screening. Brightly coloured drag queens in exuberant costumes against the overwhelming red backdrop of the Australian desert, accompanied by a disco soundtrack featuring Abba, The Village People and Gloria Gaynor: who wouldn't want to see this on a warm summer night, under the starry skies of Maastricht?

Stephan Elliott, Australia, UK, 1994, 104 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell, John Casey.