september, 2018

201823sep8:15 pmHotel CoolgardiePete Gleeson | AUS | 2016 | Documentary | 84 min | English, Finland-Swedish | European Premiere8:15 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Festival Closing,Followed by Reception

Film Info

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.

Fresh off the plane, two female 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, 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.

“One of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory… humorous, absorbing, uneasy and often disturbing.” – Cinema Australia

“An important and timely documentary…sociologically fascinating and morally icky…takes a hard, unflinching look at fragile masculinity.” – Toronto Film Scene

“A nightmare version of Cheers” – POV Magazine


Additional Info

Followed by the Closing Night reception.

Festivals & Awards

Hot Docs 2016
Slamdance 2017
Sydney Film Festival
San Francisco Documentary Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Nordic International Film Festival
…and more

High Commendation for Direction (Documentary Feature) at the Australian Directors Guild Awards 2017
Best Adventure Film at Doc LA