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17 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert"

Happy 21st birthday, Priscilla!

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5. Just before they started filming, the director took the three lead actors out to a bar in drag, and none of them were recognised.

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Guy Pearce took the opportunity to be really rude to people, Terence Stamp forgot that he was in drag and started hitting on girls, and Hugo Weaving got hammered and passed out under a table.

7. The wattle costume from one of the dance numbers had over 100 pom-poms which had to be made by hand.

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Each pom-pom took an hour to make. The costume designer knew someone who worked at Sydney's Long Bay Jail, so they got the inmates to help make the costumes.

8. Because they were on a budget, some of the trucks used to transport costumes and equipment were very cheap. One truck overheated in the middle of the desert, causing all the costumes to melt and stick together.

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The costume designer had to fix them all on the fly, in the parking lot of the Alice Springs Casino.

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10. Director Stephan Elliott got his visual inspiration for the film after seeing a feather from a drag queen's outfit blow in the wind along Sydney's Oxford Street, like a colourful tumbleweed in the desert.

11. Costume designer, Lizzy Gardiner, wanted to include in the film a dress made out of credit cards, but no company would give them permission.

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When she won the Academy Award for costume design, she accepted the award in a dress made from American Express cards.

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13. Priscilla is one of only three contemporary-set films to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design - all the others have been for period, sci-fi and fantasy movies.

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(The other two were Travels With my Aunt in 1972 and All That Jazz in 1979.)

16. The director, Stephan Elliott was "crucified" in the gay press for not addressing AIDS and not showing men kissing.

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His response was: "You know what? If I was gonna make that film six people would go see it."