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.
“...a nightmare version of Cheers”
- POV MAGAZINE
"...is to bogans what Jaws is to sharks.”
- THE BRAG
“...sociologically fascinating… takes a hard, unflinching look at fragile masculinity."
- TORONTO FILM SCENE
“...reminiscent of the dust-laden nightmarish classic Wake In Fright…
- CULT PROJECTIONS