Hotel Coolgardie (2016)



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At a remote pub, on a dusty highway between Australia's most isolated city and its largest gold pit, the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the bar is a keenly anticipated event. Fresh off the plane and attracted by the idea of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travellers Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds, and live amongst the locals. But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a baptism of fire. Harangued by their new boss, relentlessly pursued or pilloried by booze-addled patrons, and 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 just serve drinks. Sometimes humorous, often shocking, Hotel Coolgardie is a raw, wryly-observed journey into an outback Australia rarely depicted on screen.

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It's disturbing, yet compelling viewing.

Sep 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An eye-opening, unsettling look at a part of the national character we thought had died off decades ago.

Jun 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What follows is a deeply uncomfortable look at toxic masculinity, male domination of public spaces through microaggressions, and the binge drinking culture that rots small mining towns.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The interactions between Lina and Steph and the locals of Coolgardie make for a surprisingly riveting drama that could almost have been scripted.

Jun 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A nuanced portrait of power, gender and crushing small town sadness.

Jun 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One can only imagine the moments left unfilmed, in the undocumented version of this story, which repeats itself, in three-monthly cycles, out there in the red dust, where the men wait for young travellers like mangy dogs for carrion.

Jun 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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