Thursday June 1, 2017 – Raw and Cooked Media is excited to announce the acclaimed Australian observational documentary HOTEL COOLGARDIE will release exclusively at Rialto Cinemas in Auckland and Dunedin from June 22nd 2017.
Filmmaker Pete Gleeson will attend a special Q&A screening of the film on June 19. Tickets available from the venue and at rialto.co.nz.
Following a packed out screening at last years’ New Zealand Film Festival, HOTEL COOLGARDIE garnered international headlines for its depiction of the disturbing experience of two Finnish backpackers who found 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.
Produced with the financial support of Screenwest and directed, shot and edited by West Australian filmmaker Pete Gleeson, HOTEL COOLGARDIE is Gleeson’s first feature-length documentary and has been officially selected for Hot Docs, American Documentary Film Festival, Slamdance, Film Festival, Nordic International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Cinéfest Oz and Canberra International Film Festival.