Priscilla, Colette on screen in New West for Massey's Under the Rainbow series

A drag-queen special edition of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert takes to the screen and stage on Oct. 19, while Keira Knightley's Colette is up for Last Mondays at the Movies on Oct. 28

Movie lovers will want to save the date for two upcoming film screenings at Massey Theatre.

Both are being offered as part of the Massey’s Under the Rainbow program, a year of LGBTQ2+ programming at the theatre.

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On Saturday, Oct. 19, the theatre will screen the 1994 Australian cult classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The movie stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp in the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who journey across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs.

But it’s not just any movie screening – this will be an interactive, sing-along edition, complete with drag performers, and audience members are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the screening if they so desire.

(Side note: The theatre is looking for performers for the occasion; it’s a paid performance opportunity for drag performers of all genders who would be interested in co-hosting the show. Interested performers should submit an image of their best Priscilla-inspired look and a short statement of why they would be a good fit for the event, to julian@masseytheatre.com by Oct. 11.)

It’s on screen at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $5.

Then, on Monday, Oct. 28, Last Mondays at the Movies is featuring Colette, starring Keira Knightley as the unconventional country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who writes novels in the name of her egomaniacal husband Willy (Dominic West). Their marriage starts to break down, thanks to Willy’s infidelity and Colette’s growing interest in women, particularly her relationship with the non-conforming Marquise de Belbeuf (Denise Gough) - and Colette eventually finds a way to break free.

It’s on screen at 7 p.m., and tickets are $9 regular, or $8 for students and seniors.

See www.masseytheatre.com for more on both events, or buy tickets through www.ticketsnw.ca.

 

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