Sometimes humorous, often shocking, HOTEL COOLGARDIE is a wryly-observed journey into an outback Australia rarely depicted on screen.

On a dusty highway between Australia's most isolated city and its largest gold pit lies Coolgardie - where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the only bar in town is a keenly anticipated event. Fresh off the plane and attracted by the idea of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travelers Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the Western Australia map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds and live amongst the locals. But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a baptism of fire.

Harangued by their new boss, relentlessly pursued and pilloried by booze-addled patrons, and prey to the madness and malaise of an environment as claustrophobic as it is isolated - the girls soon realize that to meet expectations, they'll need to do more than just serve drinks.

Like a real-life WAKE IN FRIGHT, Pat Gleeson's raucous, unflinching feature documentary debut is an immersive, darkly amusing, unexpectedly moving portrait of small-town insularity, fragile masculinity, and the plight of the outsider who must adapt or face the consequences.

$12 admission, no refunds or exchanges
Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Cinedelphia Film Festival 5
April 13-29, 2017



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