BROKEN HEEL FESTIVAL 2019 | EARLY BIRD SAVINGS
Priscilla is set to return to the quintessential outback community of Broken Hill next year, in glittery explosions of comedy, character and cabaret.
The Broken Heel Festival will light up the outback with its annual celebration of Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Bio Queens, comedians and showgirls!
The fast-growing festival had an audience of more than 6,500 this year, with even more expected to join the celebrations in 2019.
Its rising popularity has continued to attract star line-ups. Previous appearances have included Christine Anu, Kitty Glitter, Philmah Bocks and Art Simone.
Inspired by the queer cult classic ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ you can expect outrageous outfits, pitch-perfect performances, risqué, raunchy and rib-splitting laughs and a hearty splash of those feel-good vibes.
Dates have been released for early booking with 3-day passes available at early bird prices.
DATE: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th
LOCATION: Multiple events over three days in various locations through Broken Hill, New South Wales
SPECIAL: 3-Day Early Bird Festival Passes are currently available on the Broken Heel Festival Website. They won’t be around long, so get in quick!
A full list of festival events can be found on the The Broken Heel Festival website.
PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
The making of a cult classic begins in the humble outback of Australia
Filmed in 1994, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott.
Its plot follows the journey of two drag queens (Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving) and a transgender woman (Terence Stamp), across the Australian Outback. During their expedition from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus they dub “Priscilla”, they encounter an assortment of colourful characters. Hilarity ensues.
With a humble beginning, and a meagre budget the film’s success came as a suprise. Priscilla received a warm reception from both Australia and overseas receiving mostly positive reviews from critics and movie-goers.
Priscilla went on to receive multiple award nominations including an Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 67th Academy Awards.
Since its screening at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival it has since become a cult classic in Australia and abroad, particularly in the UK. Its positive portrayal of LGBT characters has been credited to introducing LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.
With a ‘somewhat relatable story-line, oodles of Aussie-isms and side-splitting laughs this cult classic is one for everyone’s must watch list.
Here’s a full list of movies shot in Broken Hill and Silverton.
MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Drink in the character and colours of Priscilla’s hometown with Out of the Ordinary tours, food and accommodation.
Tri State Safaris – see the town that hosted Australia’s most iconic Queen and learn more about its place in Australian history
The Broken Hill Outback Resort – Treat yourself to the royal views of Broken Hill’s new multi-million dollar resort.
The Argent Hotel – Family-friendly accommodation located in the ‘main drag’ of Broken Hill
The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation in the Broken Hill CBD for Kings and Queens travelling light
Mount Gipps Hotel – Located at the Broken Hill Resort. Enjoy picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music
The Alma Hotel – Mouth-watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue