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HOTEL COOLGARDIE will screen theatrically around the country from 15 June.

Pete Gleeson’s feature film directorial debut, HOTEL COOLGARDIE has been wowing audiences at international festivals as well as Sydney Film Festival and CinefestOZ and will now make its Australian theatrical debut tomorrow, 15 June.

With its fly-on-the-wall approach and raw low-fi aesthetic, HOTEL COOLGARDIE follows two Finnish backpackers on a working holiday bartending at the only pub in one of Western Australia’s remote mining towns, where male dominated populations live in isolated communities.

“It was the possibility there might be some kind of dissonance within this transaction – in the push/pull between opportunity and exploitation – which led to the idea for the film,” said Gleeson.

With comparisons to the 70’s Australian classic WAKE IN FRIGHT and Denis O’Rourke’s CUNNUMULLA, the documentary has been described in the media as “a comedy, a drama and a horror film all rolled into one”, a “nightmare version of CHEERS”, “simmering, unsettling accomplished verité”, and “one of the most captivating documentaries in recent memory”.

HOTEL COOLGARDIE is a sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling, surprisingly moving portrait of small town insularity, fragile masculinity and the plight of the outsider forced to adapt or face the consequences.

Following six weeks of principal photography using a micro-crew of one or two people, HOTEL COOLGARDIE was painstakingly edited from over 80 hours of footage.

Post-production grading and online services were supervised and completed by Sandbox Post Production in Perth.

The Australian Directors’ Guild awarded Gleeson with a High Commendation in the Feature Documentary category at their awards last May.

HOTEL COOLGARDIE was produced by Melissa Hayward and Kate Neylon of Raw and Cooked Media.

Hayward, Neylon and Gleeson have collaborated previously on the short film SOMETHING TO TELL YOU, earning Gleeson Honorable Mention from the Hot Docs Jury in 2011.

Watch the trailer and check your local listings.  It is screening at Luna Leederville in Perth and at the below cinemas.

Here’s what audiences at the 30 May special screening at Luna Leederville think.

Melbourne – Cinema Nova Carlton
Sydney – Dendy Cinemas Newtown
Albany – Orana Cinemas
Broome – Sun Pictures Outdoor Cinemas
Busselton – Orana Cinemas
Geraldton – Orana Cinemas
Kalgoorlie – Orana Cinemas