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The Royal Hotel

US backpackers Hanna and Liv take a job in a remote Australian pub for some extra cash and are confronted with a bunch of unruly locals and a situation that grows rapidly out of their control. (NR, 91 min.)


Friday, October 6, 2023


Americans Hanna and Liv are 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 soon Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control. [Neon]

Starring: Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving
Director: Kitty Green
Genre: Thriller

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"A well-etched story on dread overload."

— Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"90 minutes of psychologically punishing, vise-like tension, but also a sharp and canny report on human behavior."

— Jordan Hoffman, The Messenger

"The most brilliant aspect of the script, penned jointly by Green and Oscar Redding, is its flair with sketching out the ups and downs of Hanna and Liv’s friendship."

— Tomris Laffly, TheWrap

"Garner and co-star Jessica Henwick navigate the picture’s mixture of drama, suspense and horror superbly, leaving the audience fearful that this slow-burn powder keg will eventually go off."

— Tim Grierson, Screen Daily

"Laughter and wails are almost interchangeable. That tension makes the film excruciating but exciting; like the characters, the viewer has to try to suss out what is a danger and what is just a good time."

— Esther Zuckerman, Vanity Fair