When Melbourne’s Kitty Green was backpacking around Europe in her teens, she never imagined it would one day provide inspiration for her debut Australian feature film, The Royal Hotel.
In Hotel Coolgardie, Finnish backpackers Stephie and Lina get more than they bargain for when they take jobs at a remote country pub, finding themselves thrust into a boozy world of ocker masculinity where they’re viewed as fresh meat by the local men. We caught up with director Pete Gleeson to talk about his fascinating – and frequently horrifying – film.
“Hotel Coolgardie is an ugly film, but a revealing one.”
“Somewhere far away from civilisation.”