Directed by Pete Gleeson
Produced by Melissa Hayward, Kate Neylon
Synopsis This wryly observed documentary is set in a tiny mining town somewhere between Kalgoorlie and Perth. Two Finnish girls on working visas, Lina and Steph, head to this remote spot for a three-month stint behind the bar of the local pub. It’s a tough gig. The girls contend with drunkenness, relentless sexual advances, and a belittling, bullying boss. The booze-addled patrons rant about failed relationships and female duplicity; it seems the girls’ only ally is the toothless, odorous local, Canman. The barmaids struggle to negotiate this unhealthy environment, with little by way of distraction. Gleeson’s warts-and-all debut is by turns shocking, amusing and unexpectedly moving. (Source: off.org.au)
Hotel Coolgardie will have its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June. You can get your tickets here.