Hotel Coolgardie, which screened at the 2016 CinefestOZ Film Festival, will be released in selected cinemas across WA on June 15.
In Hotel Coolgardie, 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, the film 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.
Don’t miss the special Q&A screening of this ‘authentic outback’ documentary at Luna Leederville with director Pete Gleeson on May 20.