Episode 4: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
With the first of this month’s Pride-themed films, we discuss The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, including Australia’s LGBT history, queer cinema, and the importance of camp (hello MET Gala theme!), toxic masculinity, and the queering of the road movie genre. Listen here.
However, we recognize that, while this film is a crucial point of queer cinema history, it has unacceptable themes of racism and sexism that need to be addressed. Please explore the following articles and resources:
- What a Drag! Filipina/White Australian Relations in The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Elaine Laforteza
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Why It Still Survives by Nathan Smith
Other articles that provided resources for us as an understand of Australia’s history with toxic masculinity and LGBT discrimination: