Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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Archives celebrates ageless Priscilla

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the iconic Australian road movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, with its first online exhibition.

Chief Executive of the NFSA, Michael Loebenstein said the exhibition, Priscilla: 20 Years Young, represented a new way to share the National Film and Sound Archives collection across Australia and around the world.

"Digitisation of our collections, including documents and artefacts such as the Priscilla costumes and scripts, is essential to ensure that Australia's audiovisual culture and memory is permanently available to audiences," Mr Loebenstein said.

NFSA launches online exhibition

"We will continue to explore innovative ways to provide the best virtual experiences possible, and provide access to the two million stories we preserve at the NFSA."

He said that by showcasing a selection of the film's documents and artefacts preserved in the NFSA national audiovisual collection, the exhibition provided an insight into the world of Priscilla, and uncovered fascinating facts about its production.

Following the film's premiere at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, it became one of Australia's favourite features, inspiring a successful stage show and a reality TV series.

Priscilla: 20 Years Young is available on the NFSA website at this PS News link.

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