By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Prague’s Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest will celebrate its 6th year from November 1st – 2nd in cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Atlas and Kino Ponrepo with a tantalising mix of classic and contemporary cinema from the shores of Australia and New Zealand, including a special screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. So crank the ABBA and dust off your finest frock because your three favourite queens are coming to town!
Directed by Stephan Elliot and starring Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp and Guy Pierce, Priscilla follows the heartfelt but hilarious journey of three Sydney-based drag queens on a road trip across the Australian outback to perform a show in Alice Springs, and will also celebrate its 25th anniversary this year!
Since it’s 1994 release, the film has become one of the most iconic films to represent Australia, as well as the LGBT community of Australia, and has taken the world by storm, even winning an Oscar for Best Costume Design. The screening will also be accompanied by a drag show inspired by the film and performed by the ladies of ‘Hanky Panky’. Catch Priscilla on Saturday, November 2nd at 20:30 in Kino Lucerna.
This year will also include the Czech premiere of new Australian comedy Ladies in Black. Directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice and Rachael Taylor, this award-winning film is adapted from the best-selling novel by Madeleine St. John and is a moving but also light-hearted portrait of Australia’s complicated history with immigration through the eyes of shop assistants in Sydney in the 1950s. Catch Ladies in Black on Friday, November 1st at 20:00 in Kino Lucerna.
Other screenings include a remake of the Australia classic Storm Boy which sees a successful businessman recollect his incredible childhood of raising an orphaned pelican by the beach – starring Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney and Finn Little, and 1988 New Zealand classic Mauri – a stunning film which explores a love triangle amidst cultural tensions and identity in a dwindling East Coast town in New Zealand. The film was also the first in history to be written and directed by a Maori woman, Merata Mita.
For full programme and ticket details, visit the official festival website.
Photo: Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest