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See Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Australia Day Eve (Image Supplied)


People in Adelaide and the suburbs love outdoor cinema in summer. It's a chance to relax with the kids after work, treat yourself to something special from food trucks, and enjoy a film in the cool of the evening. There are free outdoor movies across Adelaide this summer, and if you haven't been to one yet, you should.

At the National Motor Museum, there's a very special outdoor cinema coming on the eve Australia Day. An iconic Australian movie that has remained exceptionally popular since its release, with sharp-witted comedy and breathtaking vistas of the Australian outback. Can you guess what it is?

This year, Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be screening in the scenic grounds of the museum on Thursday January 25. Film lovers from around Adelaide can recline on their picnic rugs underneath the stars, listen to an all Aussie playlist before the film, tuck into their picnic hampers or sample the local produce BBQ. Once the sun goes down, sit back, relax and enjoy this much-loved road-movie classic.

Priscilla is one of the best feel-good Australian comedies of the 1990's. The award-winning, critically acclaimed film follows two drag queens and a transgender woman on their epic journey across the Australian Outback. As they travel in a tour bus named Priscilla from Sydney to Alice Springs they perform their own unique style of cabaret to stunned audiences. Featuring exquisite cinematography of the Australian outback, the film features Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp.

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See Vintage Caravans at the National Motor Museum (Image Supplied)


In addition to the film screening, you will see a showcase of Australia's finest unique vintage caravans on the grounds, accompanied by their owners. The doors will be open on these classic kitsch creations for moviegoers to take a look inside these retro gems. Museum Director Paul Rees said it's a rare treat for the public to get an opportunity like this.

"We're thrilled to have so many vintage caravans joining us for our Australia Day Eve Outdoor Screening of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Guests will be able to step inside and back in time, to see what it was like to travel around Australia in Priscilla's day – and many years earlier too!"

The National Motor Museum is encouraging people to bring their own blankets and rugs, or low lying chairs, and to camp out in the grounds and enjoy the ambience of this unique setting. The museum will also be putting on a classic Aussie BBQ, but picnic baskets and BYO alcohol and drinks are most welcome.

Your movie ticket includes Museum entry and a rare glimpse of the collection at twilight. Come from 6pm on the eve of Australia Day, Thursday January 25 2018. Priscilla Queen of the Desert screens at approximately 8.40pm, so you have plenty of opportunity to see the National Motor Museum collection at twilight - don't forget to bring your camera.

Buy your tickets here, and have an awesome Australia Day eve entertainment.

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Why? Outdoor movies are great, and Priscilla is the best.
When: From 6pm, movie starts 8.40pm
Where: National Motor Museum, Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
Cost: See website
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