Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The theme this month is Road Trip Movies: the journeys continue.
One more time we will need to put up our visqueen curtains at CSL to shut out the wonderful summer’s brightness during our screening–& then by August, it is hoped that the new permanent electronic window shades will be installed; the perfect compliment to our new projection equipment. The new TFC is moving on into the year with great enthusiasm & verve.
In July 2008, the club screened THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: Queen of the Desert (1994). We are pleased to screen it again this next Friday. This very colorful film will look better than ever. It was written & directed by Stephan Elliott, who was nominated for a BAFTA for writing it; as a gay man himself he brought a lot to the project. He had been an assistant director in Australian cinema throughout the 80’s.
PRISCILLA was made into a musical play & it premiered in Sydney in 2007, making it to London’s West End in 2008. He has only directed 7 films since 1994 & PRISCILLA, including FRAUD (1993), EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (1999), & A FEW BEST MEN (2011).
The cinematograhy was done by Brian J. Breheny, who has lensed 17 films since 1994, with PRISCILLA being his first feature; others included HEAVEN’S BURNING (1997), THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN (2001), & CRAWL (2011).
The music was done by Guy Gross, much of which were ABBA songs. He has scored 60 films since 1985, the bulk of it for Australian television; including FRAUDS (1993), all 58 episodes of FARSCAPE (2000-2003), & A FEW BEST MEN (2011).
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)
Written & Directed by Stephen Elliott @ 104 minutes.
The film stars Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, & Bill Hunter.
Synopsis: Two complex drag queens & a transsexual travel in an old tour bus across the Australian Outback in order to perform their very unique style of Cabaret; an ABBA tribute review.
Tagline: She’s back–looking as gorgeous as ever in a brand new frock.
Finally a comedy that will change the way you think, feel, & most importantly the way you dress.
This film won an Oscar for Best Costume Design, won two Baftas, & it caused a near riot at Cannes.
ROTTEN TOMATOES rated this hilarious romp at 93% Critics approval, & 88% Audience approval.
Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE wrote: “In this roaring comic & powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year’s best performances.”
Roger Ebert wrote: “Terence Stamp is able to bring convincing humanity to his character of Bernadette–the real subject of the movie was not homosexuality, nor drag queens, nor showbiz–but simply the life of a middle-aged person trapped in a tiresome job.”
Lucy Mohl of FILM.COM wrote: “This year’s one clear candidate for cult status.”
Kevin Carr of 7M PICTURES wrote: “Come on, where else are you going to see Billy Budd, Agent Smith from the MATRIX, and that guy from MOMENTO playing drag queens in the Australian Outback?”
So be sure to mark your calendars for this Friday, June 13, 2014, and join us at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our meetings, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health Hospital, and watch THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994).
Come early, around 6:15 p.m., & come downstairs to join others for fun, fellowship, & shared snacks. Those who want to can bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Be sure to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to watch the movie, and please remember that no food or drink are allowed in the sanctuary during the screening. The screening is free to the public, but we do have a donation box there, & those funds will help us to pay the rent for the space, and other Club expenses; like a Screening License that allows us to show movies to you. Also remember to turn off your cell phones, as a courtesy to the rest of us.
PRISCILLA will screen at 7:15 p.m., right after Club announcements, & an introduction to the film. It runs 104 minutes, and it will be over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!