Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter
IMDb synopsis: Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
My verdict: This is one of my all-time favourite films ever! I loved watching Guy Pearce in Australian daytime TV when I was at school; first as Mike Young in Neighbours (from 1986 to 1989) and then as David Croft in Home and Away (1991 to 1992). He’s such a great actor and he is hilarious in Priscilla.
Hugo Weaving plays “Tick” who lives in Sydney and gets offered a job performing his drag act as ‘Mitzi Del Bra’ in a hotel for a friend in a remote town called Alice Springs. His two friends, transgender Bernadette Bassinger (Terence Stamp) and hyperactive Adam Whitely (Guy Pearce) come along for the journey aboard their bus, which Adam names “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. The journey doesn’t go as smoothly as it should, with all kinds of disasters befalling them. Along the way, they meet Bob, a middle-aged mechanic (hilariously played by the wonderful Bill Hunter, who I also loved in Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom), who tags along for the ride after a showdown with his wife Cynthia.
I don’t want to give too much away, but if you haven’t seen this, it’s a must! There are plenty of fabulous outfits, ABBA songs, dance routines and even some ping pong balls.