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Hotel Coolgardie

3:30PM - 6th Nov 2016

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, Finnish travellers 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 realise that to meet expectations out here, they’ll need to do more than just serve drinks.

Feature: Q&A w director Pete Gleeson

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Guests

Pete Gleeson

Director – HOTEL COOLGARDIE 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. Pete’s short film SOMETHING TO TELL YOU, now used in Australian schools as an educational tool, was hailed for its incisive take on representing disability. It received an Honorable Mention from the Hot Docs jury in 2011. Pete was nominated for Most Outstanding New Talent at the Australian International Documentary Conference in 2011. HOTEL COOLGARDIE is his first feature documentary.

Details

Date:
November 6, 2016
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:20 pm
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Venue

NFSA Arc Cinema
1 McCoy Circuit
Acton, ACT 2601 Australia
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Phone:
(02) 6248 2000
Website:
www.nfsa.gov.au/arc/

Film Details

Director:
Pete Gleeson
Rating:
MA 15+
Duration:
84 mins
Country:
AUS
Language:
English
Genre:
Documentary
Year:
2016