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A filmmaker with three films to his name -- including one huge hit and one enormous flop -- attempts to get his career back on track and direct a stylish thriller in this behind-the-scenes documentary by costume designer Lizzy Gardiner. Australian director Stephan Elliott made a huge splash with his sophomore film, the 1994 drag-queen epic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. But his follow-up, Welcome to Woop Woop, failed miserably at the box office and with critics. Gardiner, the costume designer on both of those films, also worked on Eye of the Beholder, the Ewan McGregor/Ashley Judd thriller that marked Elliott's follow-up to Woop Woop. Along the way, she directed this making-of film, which tracks Elliott through the years-long process of securing financing, attracting talent, filming and re-filming -- and freaking out when nothing goes right. Featuring both interviews and candid footage of McGregor, Judd, and a host of other performers, filmmakers, and distributors, Killing Priscilla focuses on the charismatic, wacky Elliott's manipulative behavior, emotional ups and downs, and canny observations about the Hollywood game. The film includes epic footage of Elliott shooting an extended dream sequence in which McGregor drives a car filled with water and another in which Judd got drunk for real while the cameras rolled; neither scene even made it into the finished product, which hit number one at the U.S. box office when it debuted in early 2000, but then quickly sank from site. Longtime Oscar viewers may remember director Gardiner from her splashy costume at the 1994 Academy Awards -- a dress made entirely of credit cards. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi