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Aussie Icon Priscilla Gets Revamp and Sequel

Melissa Smith

Iconic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert bus is getting a makeover, just as the film itself gets a long-awaited sequel

The once-lost 1976 Hino Freighter was surprisingly discovered in rural New South Wales recently. Now, thanks to a $100,000 kickstart from the South Australian government, Priscilla is set to be restored to her full sparkling glory.

This 1994 Aussie flick wasn’t just a movie, it was a total game-changer. It burst onto the scene during a golden age for Australian cinema, sparking important conversations, giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community, and launching Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce onto the international stage.

This national treasure will be brought back to South Australia and given a permanent home at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. But before Priscilla settles in, she’ll be getting a complete revamp in Queensland, making her roadworthy again for special appearances and recreating the movie’s dazzling, over-the-top interior.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert has captured the hearts of Australians for over 30 years,” said History Trust CEO Greg Mackie.  “Where better for this icon than at Australia’s National Motor Museum?”

Even the film’s director, Stephan Elliott, was surprised by Priscilla’s rediscovery. “I never thought I’d see her again,” he said.  “I really want to thank the History Trust for making this amazing discovery and bringing Priscilla back to life. This is an opportunity to share Priscilla’s message of love, tolerance, and being yourself with a whole new generation.”

With a sequel to the film officially in the works and the main cast all set to return, Priscilla may take a trip across our screens once more.



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