“Are you the new girls?”
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The latest film from Australian director Kitty Green (The Assistant, Casting JonBenet), The Royal Hotel is a striking and powerful feminist outback thriller starring Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick and Hugo Weaving. Searching for adventure and strapped for cash, US backpackers Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Henwick) take jobs and accommodation at a remote outback pub, The Royal Hotel. Relentless heat, unglamorous booze in a box, and lack of wi-fi don’t paint the idyllic picture of an Aussie holiday the friends had envisioned, but the real threat grows increasingly intense and volatile as they become acquainted with the town’s primarily male residents.
“Julia Garner is superb”
“Powerful performances all round and precise direction from Kitty Green”
Following the success of The Assistant, Green continues her vivisection of gender power dynamics, using a bigger canvas to examine the more explicit side of this coin. From the casting to the production design, the elements of Green’s film come together to create a suffocating atmosphere where blistering tension is found around every corner. Making waves the world over and selected as the Opening Night film of Adelaide Film Festival and SXSW Sydney, Green’s latest is not to be missed.