Join us on Tuesday May 30 for a special Q&A screening with Perth director Pete Gleeson and producer Melissa Hayward who will present and talk about this raucous, unflinching debut that is a shocking, amusing and unexpected moving portrait of small town insularity forllowing the 6.30pm session at Luna Leederville.
Fresh off the plane, two Finnish backpackers find themselves the latest batch of "fresh meat" sent to work as barmaids at the only pub in a remote Australian mining town.
Confronted with a culture of alienation and impunity, in limbo between being desired and disdained - their working holiday rapidly deteriorates into a bizarre test of endurance, as they discover that to meet expectations they'll need to do more than just pour drinks.
Set deep in Australia's harsh interior, HOTEL COOLGARDIE is a sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling, surprisingly moving portrait of small town insularity, fragile masculinity and the plight of the outsider forced to adapt or face the consequences.
Hotel Coolgardie is a jaw-dropping journey into an Australia you won’t see on any travel show!
“One of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory…
humorous, absorbing, uneasy and often disturbing. ” **** CINEMA AUSTRALIA
“…a nightmare version of Cheers…” POV MAGAZINE
“…a sly and lighthearted humor throughout an otherwise astonishing narrative…
…captivates from intriguing start to bittersweet end…” SLUG MAGAZINE
“Completely unexpected, completely stunning. 8/10” THE YOUNG FOLKS
“Hotel Coolgardie is to bogans what Jaws is to sharks.” THE BRAG
Exclusive season starts from 15 June at Luna Leederville