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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.

Photo credit Raw And Cooked Media Pty Ltd

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Wangkathaa, Kalaamaya, Malpa & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Pete Gleeson


Melissa Hayward

Kate Neylon


Pete Gleeson

Post Producer

Grady Habib

Executive Producers

Grady Habib

Brad Habib


Pete Gleeson


Journeyman Pictures LTD


Nicholas Cheetham (NIXCo)

Key Locations



Post Production Sound

Ric Curtin


Pete Gleeson

Additional Editing

Lawrie Silvestrin, ASE

Additional Camera/Sound

Melissa Hayward

Colourist / VFX

Tony Bannan

Matthew Kerley

Jaemie Manners


Tony Bannan

Production Accounts

Rose Grandile-Pizzi

Supported by


Film and Television Institute WA

Sandbox Post Production

Director's Profile

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.

Photo credit Tourism WA

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.

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