The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Quote: “I hereby christen this budget barbie camper Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” – Felicia Jollygoodfellow

In honor of listener Stephanie Q’s beloved cat, Priscilla, we review an Australian film that put drag queens on the global stage and opened the door for Ash to educate Gene and Big D on “reading,” spilling tea,” and “fishy queens.”

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” gave cinema a visual spectacle, a new perspective on homophobia, incredible costumes, and tremendous performances by Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp, and Guy Pearce. But it also telegraphed its big reveal, marginalized characters based on race and sex, and fell a bit flat in its finale.

In this episode of Shat The Movies, Ash provides a history of drag and feminism. Gene declares that anyone doing a drag show while their bus is broken in the Outback deserves to die. And Big D goes on a pro-ABBA rampage while insisting everyone respect Gene’s vagina.

Plot Summary: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

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