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Hotel Coolgardie

A working holiday becomes a test of endurance for 2 backpackers hired as barmaids an an outback pub.

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Overview

Genre
Society, Foreign Worlds, Minorities, Portrait, and Social Issues
Synopsis

Between Australia’s most isolated city and it's largest gold pit lies Coolgardie, where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign female backpackers to work the only bar in town is keenly anticipated by the town’s hot-blooded males.

Fresh off the plane and attracted by the idea of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travel buddies Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the Western Australia map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds and live amongst the locals.

But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a test of endurance.

Prey to the madness and malaise of an environment as claustrophobic as it is isolated – the girls soon realise that to meet expectations out here they’ll need to do more than simply serve drinks.

Pete Gleeson’s raucous, unflinching debut is a shocking, amusing and unexpectedly moving portrait of small-town insularity, fragile masculinity, and the plight of the outsider who must adapt or face the consequences.

Stage
finished
Running time
84 minutes

Credits

  • Pete Gleeson ... Director, DOP, Editor
  • Melissa Hayward & Kate Neylon ... Producers
  • Lawrie Silvestrin, ASE ... Additional Editing
  • Ric Curtin ... Sound mixing

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Raw And Cooked Media Pty Ltd
Country
Australia
Years of Production
2016

Distribution Details

Release year
2017
Festivals
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Sydney Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Cinefest Oz
Language
English, Finland Swedish

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