That is not what Chistmas should be like. It also should not be anything like all of those crazy American versions of Christmas that you see in Christmas movies and TV shows. In my opinion, those tightly wound Christmas' that appear in the media are designed by the advertising industry to make us all feel like we are failing to deliver 'The Perfect Christmas'. Any depiction of Christmas that involves perfectly decorated trees and impeccibly wrapped gifts, creamy, boozy, egg-nogs by the fire and rooms that look like Martha Stewart threw up in them, have nothing to do with what Christmas should be about. Sure it's great to have some decorations out, a Christmas tree up and some gifts to share, but it isn't the most important thing and it shouldn't be the defining thing about the jolliest holiday of the year.
When I think of the perfect Christmas, I am in my own home surrounded by the people that I love the most. We have opened some gifts by the Christmas tree, and we are just enjoying each others company. We are sharing a really special meal together, a meal that goes on for hours and involves many glasses of good liquor. There is plenty of time for playing, clowning around and chatting, and even an afternoon nap before tucking into leftovers in the evening for tea. The day ends with full bellies and fuller hearts and lots of hugs and giggles. That's what I think that Christmas should be like, everything else is just uneccessary fluff.
We all want it to look amazing, but the truth is that it really doesn't matter what it looks like. Aim for harmony, kindness, generosity and above all gentleness because we are all really tired and in need of a holiday about now. Leave the flamoyance to those that really know how to do it, save yourself the stress and just have another champagne!
Release Date: 1994
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 104 mins
An Australian drama comedy written and directed by Stephen Elliot, 'Priscilla' was certainly instrumental in bringing Australian cinema to worldwide attention for its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals, and with helping to bring LGBT themes into the mainstream.
The story follows two drag queens and a transsexual as they travel across the Australian outback in a silver and hot pink bus called Priscilla, peddling their unique style of cabaret entertainment. Along the way the men share in the trials and tribulations of their lives and adventures.
This is hands down the best drag queen movie that I have ever encountered, it is a true extravaganza of sequins, glitter and glam wardrobe attire. There is also a stirringly emotional undertone about the ugly prejudices that have been endured, and sacrifices that have been made by these men in order for them to live their lives by their own terms. Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are all solid and do a marvelous job of singing, dancing and lip syncing their hearts out under the harsh Aussie sun.
FINAL SAY: That's just what this country needs, a cock in a frock on a rock.
3.5 Chili Peppers