The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

This screening took place on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11:15pmKwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Tickets available as of 5pm Thursday Sept 3 on YFS Square Store.

Presented in partnership with Queer Yukon Film Alliance

Presented with English Closed Captioning

YFS is teaming up with Made-Nous as part of the MADE in Canada: A Summer Blockbuster Series which which has seen the return of some of the biggest Canadian-made films to drive-ins and cine-parcs across the country. This event is presented with respect to social distancing protocols - space is limited. All vehicles must reserve their spot in advance. This pop-up drive-in venue is the south parking lot of the KDCC on Front St.

Hugely influencial and popular with mainstream audiences, this classic Queer comedy is about two drag queens and a transgender woman who take their act on the road across Australia. They have several adventures and uncover deep secrets as they travel, entertaining homophobes and enthusiasts alike.

While on the long journey through remote lands bordering the Simpson Desert, they meet a variety of characters, including a group of friendly Aboriginal Australians for whom they perform, the less accepting attitudes of rural Australia in such towns as Coober Pedy, and are subjected to homophobic abuse, violence, including having their tour bus vandalized with homophobic graffiti.

When the tour bus breaks down in the middle of the desert, Adam spends the whole day repainting it lavender to cover up the vandalism. The trio later meet Bob, a middle-aged mechanic from a small outback town who joins them on their journey. Before they arrive at Alice Springs, Tick reveals that Marion is actually his wife, as they never divorced, and that they are actually going there as a favour to her. Together, they fulfill a long-held dream of Adam's, which, in the original plan, is to climb Kings Canyon in full drag regalia...

 

"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert presents a defiant culture clash in generous, warmly entertaining ways. For all its glitter, this is the sort of film in which everyone becomes happier and nicer by the final reel." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

Preceeded by the short film Tess and Maggie Rescue the Moon by Emily Tredger

 

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