Hotel Coolgardie

Directed by Pete Gleeson

Described as “a nightmare version of Cheers” (POV Magazine) and “one of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory” (Cinema Australia), HOTEL COOLGARDIE is a gripping portrait of outback Australia, as experienced by two ill-fated backpackers who find themselves the latest batch of “fresh meat” to work as barmaids in a remote mining town.   Sometimes amusing, often confronting, the film has been applauded for its no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall storytelling, as it explores hot-button themes around misogyny and xenophobia via its depiction of two women attempting to adapt to living and working in a hyper-masculine, foreign environment.


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  • ★★★★ review by Andy Diep on Letterboxd

    A tip for the Australian Government: instead of spendingmillions of taxpayer money on anti-immigration online campaigns and telling everyone you're gonna stop the boats...

    Just show them Hotel Coolgardie

  • ★★★★ review by michail on Letterboxd

    In a sentence, I could smell the beer breath while watching this film. It was so uncomfortable to see the girls get harassed as much as they were (even though there were some really nice moments). But I think the best quality about this film is that it's so personal and up close, with seemingly invisible camerawork. A really great example example of observation documentary that made me feel like I was there with these girls on their journey. So engaging because it was just so real.

  • ★★★½ review by Alastair Tye Samson on Letterboxd

    Awfully uncomfortable and difficult to watch content-wise, but to a worthy and thought provoking end. A few years ago I would've given any observational doco a break for its lack of technical polish, however, THE GROUND WE WON exists now, and that masterpiece has set impossibly high expectations for the aesthetic of the genre.

  • ★★★★½ review by Adrian Edwards on Letterboxd

    Feel the pain of young women beset by ignorant underbelly of Australian masculinity.

  • ★★★★★ review by louiseagostino on Letterboxd

    Delightful but honest, Australian fly-on-the-wall documentary focusing on a pub in the small town, Coolgardie, east of Perth.

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