Hotel Coolgardie

This wryly observed documentary is set in a tiny mining town somewhere between Kalgoorlie and Perth. Two Finnish girls on working visas, Lina and Steph, head to this remote spot for a three-month stint behind the bar of the local pub. It's a tough gig. The girls contend with drunkenness, relentless sexual advances, and a belittling, bullying boss. The booze-addled patrons rant about failed relationships and female duplicity; it seems the girls' only ally is the toothless, odorous local, Canman. The barmaids struggle to negotiate this unhealthy environment, with little by way of distraction.


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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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