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The Royal Hotel (2023)

Opens on October 6

Director: Kitty Green Run Time: 91 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Jessica Henwick, Julia Garner, Nick Slater, Toby Wallace

Country: Australia, United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection, 2023 Toronto Film Festival

A social thriller inspired by true events, The Royal Hotel (2023) follows Hanna and Liv, two best friends backpacking in Australia. After they run out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called The Royal Hotel in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under drinking culture but things turn nasty when their jokes and behavior cross the line. Soon Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

“Explosive. Subverts whatever expectations you might have about a thriller”

—David Ehrlich, IndieWire

About the filmmaker:

Kitty Green is an accomplished filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. She began her career at ABC, where she wrote and produced documentary content for national broadcast. She went on to write, produce, and direct numerous documentary films including Casting JonBenét (2017) and Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013), both of which won Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2017 and 2015 AACTA Awards, respectively. Green’s first narrative film, The Assistant (2019), premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival and screened at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 as an official Spotlight selection. Her follow-up The Royal Hotel (2023), another collaboration with Julia Garner, had its world premiere at the 2023 Telluride Film Festival before screening at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival.

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