PRISCILLA @ CSL

mpw-37516Fellow TFC Members:

July is upon us, and this holiday weekend promises to be a real corker! There will be, of course, the annual Fourth of July blowout social event at the home of Ron Boothe, on Friday, July 4th. Our TFC screening will be shown at CSL on Saturday, July 5, 2008. We will present the Australian cult favorite, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994). Writer/director Stephan Elliott has given us his most successful film, and most acclaimed. He was only 30 years old when he directed it; his second feature film. Shot in 22 days in the Outback on a shoestring budget, it went on to click with audiences all over the world. It was once called, “A deranged transvestite version of APOCALYPSE NOW, with just a hint of FLORENCE OF ARABIA.” All three of the three gay central characters were portrayed by straight actors. Guy Pearce was so convincing that it took him over ten years to convince the world that he was “not gay”.

Terrence Stamp was on the verge of quitting acting when he was offered this incredible role. Hugo Weaving, who had worked with Elliott on FRAUD (1993), went on to great success being involved in two of the most successful trilogies in cinema history, THE MATRIX, and LORD OF THE RINGS.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)

Written and Directed by Stephan Elliott @ 104 minutes. The film stars Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving, and Bill Hunter. A transsexual and two flamboyant drag queens travel in an old bus across Australia’s Outback, putting on a cheeky lip-synch cabaret show to Abba songs. This a road trip with attitude, and their adventures are fun, daring, over-the-top, and unforgettable. It caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival, and it won an Academy Award for “Best Costume Design”. Tagline: “This unique and refreshing film will change the way you think, the way you feel, and most importantly—the way you dress.”

So join us for the screening of this landmark comic drama in Tacoma at the Center for Spiritual Learning, located at 206 North J Street, on Saturday, July 5, 2008. The Phantom Director and Farishta will provide the sumptuous soup, and for those who want to enjoy fellowship and sustenance, please arrive at CSL early, and join in the boisterous fare downstairs in the kitchen area. Those who wish to bring bread or desserts, please free to do so. The Phantom Director begins serving soup and goodies at 6:15pm. There will be a fine film short promptly at 7pm, with the feature film following. See you at the movies!

Glenn

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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