7 Jul 2016

Hotel Coolgardie - backpacker hell

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:31 pm on 7 July 2016

On a dusty outback highway near Australia's largest gold pit sits the Hotel Coolgardie. Every three months a new pair of foreign female backpackers arrive to work there. Each arrival is a big deal for the locals in this isolated community.

Hotel Coolgardie

Hotel Coolgardie Photo: NZ film festival

In the documentary Hotel Coolgardie filmmaker Peter Gleeson follows the story of two Finnish backpackers sent to work at the pub. The women are harangued by their new boss, relentlessly pursued and verbally abused by the pub's drunk and hard-as-nails patrons - and resulting the film is funny, shocking and very disturbing.

Hotel Coolgardie is screening in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

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