A working holiday becomes a test of endurance for two out-of-luck Finnish backpackers who find themselves the latest batch of “fresh meat” sent to work as barmaids in a remote mining town.
Fresh off the plane, two Finnish backpackers find themselves the latest batch of “fresh meat” sent to work as barmaids at the only pub in a remote Australian mining town. Confronted with a culture of alienation and impunity, in limbo between being desired and disdained – their working holiday rapidly deteriorates into a bizarre test of endurance, as they discover that to meet expectations they’ll need to do more than just pour drinks. Set deep in Australia’s harsh interior, 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.
Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia
on the Traditional Country of the Wangkathaa, Kalaamaya, Malpa & Noongar Whadjuk peoples
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Writer & Director
Journeyman Pictures LTD
Nicholas Cheetham (NIXCo)
Post Production Sound
Lawrie Silvestrin, ASE
Colourist / VFX
Film and Television Institute WA
Sandbox Post Production
PETE GLEESON is a West Australian filmmaker with a passion for observational documentary filmmaking…
and its capacity for illuminating the otherwise hidden, unconsidered, or unacknowledged. Directing, shooting, and editing his own ob-doc material, he also edits, writes, shoots, lights, and produces content for others across a range of genres and forms. He has directed experimental films, corny elimination-style reality TV, a series of micro-films telling Indigenous stories, several films collaborating with participants with high-needs disabilities, and the provocative short film Enemy.
Filming in Coolgardie
Coolgardie is a tiny town set amongst the scrubby, semi-arid Goldfields region of Western Australia
The town is located 350 miles inland from the state capital Perth. For the past 120 years it’s fortunes and population have fluctuated with the boom/bust cycle of the gold-mining industry. In 1898 it was the third-largest town in the state – a wild, bustling mining hub with twenty-six hotels.