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Stephan Elliott

Stephan Elliott
Stephan Elliott and Olivia Newton-John at the premiere of his film A Few Best Men, Sydney, 2012
Born (1964-08-27) 27 August 1964
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Stephan Elliott (born 27 August 1964) is an Australian film director and screenwriter. His best-known film internationally is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Elliott began his career as an assistant director working in the boom of the Australian film industry of the 1980s.

His first two feature films, Frauds and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, along with his lesser known, shorter films Fast and The Agreement were produced by Rebel Penfold-Russell's Australian production company Latent Image Productions.

Frauds, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop were all officially selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, with "Priscilla" winning the Prix du public as well as an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, among numerous other accolades. For a time during 1982/83, Stephan and Troy Tempest presented The Blues Brothers, every Friday night for over a year, at the heritage listed Cremorne Orpheum theatre. Dressed as Jake and Elwood, Stephan and Troy appeared on TV several times, along with their Bluesmobile.

In 2004, Elliott was involved in a skiing accident which saw him hospitalised for several months. He credits the accident with rediscovering his sense of humour.[1] This may go part way to explaining why, in 2007 Elliott worked with Fred Nassiri to create one of the most expensive music videos of all time. Shot in over 15 countries, with seven directors the song "Love Sees No Colour" aspires to spread a message of peace and love.

His film Easy Virtue, was written with co-writer Sheridan Jobbins, and is based on the Noël Coward play of the same name. It stars Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes. It was produced by Barnaby Thompson for Ealing Studios in the UK, and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on 8 September 2008.[2] It has also screened in the Rio Film Festival, Rome Film Festival and London Film Festival to great acclaim.[3]

His next film, A Few Best Men starring Xavier Samuel and Olivia Newton-John[4] was released in 2012.

Other writing credits include the script for the stage play of 'Priscilla' which premiered in 2007 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre in Star City to excellent reviews. Later in the year it moved The Regent Theatre in Melbourne and in May 2008 to Auckland's The Civic theatre in New Zealand, and then in London's West End.

Elliott came out as gay during his presentation at the inaugural AACTA Awards in Sydney on 31 January 2012.[5]



  1. ^ Mottram, James (23 October 2008). "Easy Virtue director Stephan Elliott talks about comeback from horrifying accident". London: Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
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  3. ^ "Easy Virtue brings British humour to Rome Film Festival". 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
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  5. ^ "A Few Best Men director comes out at AACTAs". 1 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 

External links

  • Stephan Elliott at the Internet Movie Database
  • Unofficial fansite
  • Official website for 'Priscilla' the stage musical
  • Toronto Film Festival review of Easy Virtue
  • Compiled news articles about Stephan Elliott
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