The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Anthony "Tick" Belrose, a.k.a. Mitzi Del Bra (Hugo Weaving), is a Sydney-based drag queen who accepts an offer to perform at a hotel resort in Alice Springs, a remote town in central Australia. After persuading his friends and fellow performers, Ralph Waite, a.k.a. Bernadette Bassenger (Terence Stamp), a recently bereaved transsexual woman, and Adam Whitely, a.k.a. Felicia Jollygoodfellow (Guy Pearce), an irritating, flamboyant and obnoxious drag queen, to join him, the three set out for Alice Springs in a large tour bus which Adam/Felicia christens "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert".

Whilst on the long journey through the Australian Outback, they meet a variety of characters, including a group of friendly Australian Aborigines whom they perform for, but also encounter the less accepting attitudes of rural Australia and are subjected to homophobic abuse and even violence (though Bernadette shows her companions how to give as good as they get to spectacular effect).

When the tour bus breaks down in the middle of the desert, this results in the trio meeting Bob (Bill Hunter), a middle-aged mechanic from a small outback town who joins them on their journey. Before they arrive at Alice Springs, Tick reveals that Marion (Sarah Chadwick), the woman who runs the resort where they will be performing, is actually his estranged wife and that they are in fact going there as a favor to her. Upon arrival, it is revealed that Tick and Marion also have an 8-year-old son, Benjamin, whom Tick has not seen for many years.

By the time their four-week stint at the resort is over, Tick and Adam head back to Sydney, taking Benjamin back with them so that Tick can get to know his son and Marion can have a long-earned break. However, Bernadette decides to remain at the resort for a while with Bob after the two of them become close.