Prada Handbag

2007 | Body Image / Dance / Music / Performance Art / Pop Culture / Relationships / Representation / Sexuality / Social Issues / Theatre/Performance Art / Transgender / Video Arts / Women's Studies | 22m | Australia
Directors: Stuart Vauvert

What's a girl to do when a rare hair-loss condition leaves her with an obsession for zany wigs and make-up? Become a drag queen, of course! Having always been an outsider, Prada finally finds her niche when she lands a job at a drag bar full of colorful characters—a world of sequins, feathers, and false eyelashes—and assumes the new identity of Prada Handbag.W hen Prada is mistaken for a drag queen, she decides to take the stage herself as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman, and discovers that acceptance —and self-acceptance—can be found in the most unlikely of places. Muriel’s Wedding meets The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in this glitzy, glam cinematic extravaganza which ravishes the eye and warms the heart.

Reviews and Awards

Audience Award, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

Best Actress Special Commendation for Rita Kalnejais, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

Audience Award, Melbourne Queer Film Festival

“Prada Handbag is a beauty … Luscious images introduce us to Prada, a young woman who just doesn't fit in. That is until she gets a job working at a drag bar and discovers her own ‘drag queen within.’ This gender-bending ride threatens to outclass Priscilla with its outrageous sense of camp and compassion.”—Megan Spencer, Celebrity Australian Film Critic (Triple J radio, The Movie Show host SBS Television)