Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film. The plot is based on the journey of three drag queens who travel across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a lavender coloured tour bus they have named “Priscilla”. On their journey they encounter various groups of men who each represent Australia in different ways some of which include being racist, sexist, bigoted and even violent.

While on the long journey through the remote lands bordering The Simpson Desert, the three drag queens meet some less than accepting attitudes from rural Australians, who come from towns like Coober Pedy, where they are subjected to homophobic abuse and violence. The beliefs that the Australian men are shown to have in this film are very prejudiced towards anyone who appears different then themselves.These attitudes are shown when the men from Coober Pedy vandalise their tour bus by writing a very crude and barbaric message on it. These beliefs are also shown further along in their journey when Adam/Felicia is almost mutilated by a vicious and raging gang.These actions of Australia’s men show them as being ignorant, and so intimidated by change that they will do anything in their power to try and stop it.This is a very negative portrayal of Australian men, and could leave non-Australians with the impression that all Australian men are bigoted and violent.

The traits of the typical Aussie Male are represented in The adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert however they are changed and challenged by the images and representations in the film. The stereotypes or images of the typical ‘Aussie bloke’ (drinking hard, swearing, humour, anti- authoritarianism, slang, individuality and mateship) contradict the images of femininity, emotion and an ignorance of practical skills. A good example of this is the attempt Tick/Mitzi made to be masculine for his son with the iconic bush hat and outback clothes which actually...
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