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      Stephan Elliott

      Stephan Elliott

      Highest Rated: 94% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Rio, I Love You (2014)

      Birthday: Aug 27, 1964

      Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Few figures in the film business have had to repeatedly overcome such drastic hurdles as Australian writer-director Stephan Elliott. After spending his teenage years making over 900 wedding videos, Elliott was chosen from 2000 applicants to receive one of 12 slots at the prestigious Sydney Tech film school. Despite his financiers going into liquidation just as production was beginning, Elliott's 1991 feature debut "Frauds" attracted favorable notice at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1994 drag queen dramedy "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" made his name, instantly attracting a loyal cult and defining his reputation for years to come. While his 1997 bad taste comedy "Welcome to Woop Woop" was merely poorly received, the 1999 thriller "Eye Of The Beholder" was a true disaster: when financing collapsed halfway through production, Elliott paid for the remainder of the $35 million production himself. When the film flopped, Elliott lost his house and savings. Swearing off directing, he turned to skiing to console himself, only to nearly die in a 2004 accident in the French Alps that broke his back, legs and pelvis. After three years of rehab, Elliott attacked filmmaking with a renewed zest, adapting Noel Coward's play "Easy Virtue" in 2009 before returning to his native Australia for 2011's raucous wedding-gone-wrong comedy "A Few Best Men."

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      WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, from left: director Stephen Elliott, Johnathon Schaech on set, 1997, (c) Samuel Goldwyn EASY VIRTUE, director Stephan Elliott (right), on set, 2008. ©Pathe EASY VIRTUE, from left: Jessica Biel, director Stephan Elliott, Ben Barnes, on set, 2008. ©Pathe EASY VIRTUE, from left: Jessica Biel, director Stephan Elliott, on set, 2008. ©Pathe EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, K.D. Lang, director Stephan Elliott on set, 1999, (c) Destination Films EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, Ewan McGregor, director Stephen Elliott on set, 1999, (c) Destination Films EASY VIRTUE, director Stephan Elliott, 2008. ©Pathe WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, director Stephan Elliott, on set, 1997. ©Samuel Goldwyn WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, Johnathon Schaech, director Stephan Elliott, on set, 1997. ©Samuel Goldwyn ARTHUR 2, Dudley Moore, Cynthia Sikes, Stephan Elliott, 1988. ©Warner Brothers/Courtsesy

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      74% 52% Flammable Children Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Horizon Director - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between a Frock and a Hard Place Unknown (Character) - 2015
      8% 13% Rio, I Love You Director,
      Writer
      - 2014
      18% 37% A Few Best Men Director - 2011
      52% 47% Easy Virtue Director,
      Writer
      $2.7M 2008
      9% 32% Eye of the Beholder Director,
      Screenwriter
      $16.5M 1999
      37% 69% Welcome to Woop Woop Director,
      Screenwriter
      $35.5K 1997
      94% 88% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Director,
      Screenwriter
      $10.1M 1994
      No Score Yet 50% Frauds Director - 1993