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MQFF celebrates Priscilla anniversary

MQFF celebrates Priscilla anniversary

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 20 March 2014 17:24 Written by // Michael Magnusson

The Melbourne Queer Festival is marking the anniversary of a queer classic with special screening of a new, digital print.

Film critic and Movie Show host David Stratton called it “cheerfully vulgar and bitchy, but essentially warmhearted”, fellow Movie Show host Margaret Pomeranz even appeared in it!

The Oscar-winning 'road-movie' The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was an international hit, earning over 16 million in Australia in its first 10 years and later spawned an equally popular stage musical.

Now Priscilla's twentieth anniversary is being celebrated around the country. Last month the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia gave the landmark movie a special Priscilla Party in Canberra.

Next month its features at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival but, this Friday the Melbourne Queer Festival (MQFF) says happy anniversary to the queer classic with a screening of a newly restored print.

"It’s exciting to be screening The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in its 20th anniversary year,” MQFF director Lisa Daniel told gaynewsnetwork.

“I see that era as a bit of a high point in Australian cinema, being the same year as Muriel's Wedding – when Australian film was all colour and movement, and not afraid of its quirky soul.

“How ironic that it’s a British company that has restored the print to its new digital glory.”

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert screens at ACMI, Cinema 1 on Friday March 21 at 8pm

Details at the MQFF website


Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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