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Epic Drag Film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Hit Theaters Again

The three drag queens in costumes

Event cinema company Iconic Events Releasing has announced that it will be starting Pride Month with a nationwide rerelease of MGM’s classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Screenings of the queer film will take place in select theaters around the country June 2.

The film stars Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, and Guy Pearce as three drag performers who take their show on the road in an RV and through the Australian desert, with the goal of performing at a small-town casino. Hitting local bars along the way, the three perform in fabulous costumes to classic camp hits such as Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and ABBA’s “Mamma Mia.” 

Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, and Guy Pearce in the film

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was written and directed by Stephan Elliott. When it hit theaters in 1994, it became a blockbuster and helped introduce LGBTQ+ subjects to Australian and international audiences, according to a news release.

“The exuberant spirit of Priscilla — to let your flag fly with pride for who you are — was the right message for this groundbreaking Oscar-winning film and it resonates today now more than ever,” Steve Bunnell, Iconic Events’ CEO, said in the release. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with our friends at MGM and Park Circus to ring in Pride Month with a hugely fun, celebratory fan favorite that truly pops on the big screen and will leave you singing and dancing with pride in the aisles.”

The film’s costume designers, Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel, won the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1995 for the “legendary” designs featured in the film. Gardiner famously wore a dress she had made from more than 250 American Express Gold cards that she had actually designed for Priscilla. The credit card dress and costumes from the film were auctioned off to raise funds for AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and now lie in the National Gallery of Victoria.

For locations and showtimes to see The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert visit

Priscilla, the RV
Tags: film, Australia

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