Film Series: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”

(1994, 104 minutes, R)

Back Event Jun 2, 2016 @ 7 pm

This summer, we cool off in the Setzer Foundation Auditorium and celebrate the art of camp, with films that are exuberant, playful, dramatized, and hilarious (though not always intentionally).

Arrive early to enjoy campy Happy Hour cocktails in the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club, then head into the auditorium (sorry, no food or drinks allowed) for an evening of film and fun. Each presentation will begin with an illuminating introduction by local film lover and historian Jacob Greenberg and a campy short film showcasing some of the best (and weirdest) of underground cinema.

The featured film for June is “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” With costumes and makeup as colorful as the characters, this 1990s Australian film became a cult classic as soon as it hit American indie theaters. Starring a then-unknown Guy Pearce (“Memento”), Hugo Weaving, and Terence Stamp, “Priscilla” follows two drag queens and a transgender woman (played compellingly by Stamp long before trans issues hit the mainstream) as they travel across the Australian Outback in their titular bus. Featuring drag performances that will have you singing along, “Priscilla” was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and won an Oscar for best costume design. The short film “Hold Me While I’m Naked” (George Kuchar, 1965) will start the evening.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the Museum admission desk.