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  • Writer's pictureDenise Breen

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is back in cinemas for its 30th anniversary is still a timeless classic with heart

5 out of 5

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was first released in 1994 and is back in cenemas to mark its thirtieth anniversary. It as then and still is a dazzling, laugh-out-loud odyssey that blasts across the Australian outback in a whirlwind of glitter, heart, and infectious joy. It has become an Australian classic that is more than just a drag road trip comedy; it's a celebration of self-acceptance, friendship, and the transformative power of performance.

The phenomenal trio at the film's heart, Tick/Mitzi (Hugo Weaving), Bernadette (Terence Stamp), and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce), are a sight to behold. Weaving delivers a raw and tender performance as Tick, a drag queen yearning to reconnect with his estranged family. Stamp steals the show as Bernadette, a recently widowed trans woman rediscovering her zest for life. Pearce brings youthful charm and vulnerability to Adam. Their chemistry is electric, and their hilarious banter and heartfelt moments resonate deeply.

Director Stephan Elliott masterfully blends outrageous humour with surprising emotional depth. The film's costumes deservedly received an Academy Award. From towering feathered headpieces to sequined gowns, they are just stunning creations and are a feast for the eyes. But beneath the flamboyant exterior lies a powerful message of acceptance and embracing who you truly are.

The iconic soundtrack, featuring ABBA, Kylie Minogue, Gloria Gaynor and countless other pop anthems, perfectly complements the film's energy. Every musical number feels like a mini-spectacle, showcasing the dazzling talents of the central trio and leaving you wanting more.

The film doesn't shy away from depicting the prejudice faced by the LGBTQ+ community, yet it never loses its sense of humour or hope. As the trio travels across the vast Australian landscape, they encounter a spectrum of reactions, from acceptance and camaraderie to outright hostility. Yet, they persevere, finding strength and support in their shared journey and reminding us that love and acceptance can be found even in the most unexpected places.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a timeless classic that still resonates today. It's an hilarious road trip adventure, a heartwarming story of friendship, and a celebration of self-expression. With its dazzling costumes, catchy tunes, and unforgettable characters, Priscilla is a five-star masterpiece that will leave you wanting to sing along, laugh until you cry, and most importantly, embrace your own fabulous self.

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