Kitty Green on the Outback, Living Dangerously and THE ROYAL HOTEL – Bonnie Laufer interviews

Following her success with the film The Assistant starring Julia Garner, writer-director Kitty Green is back with another film reuniting her with the actress. In The Royal Hotel, Americans Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick) are backpacking in Australia and take a temporary live-in job in a remote Outback mining town. Soon, they find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

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THE ROYAL HOTEL – Review by Diane Carson

Consider the desperation, courage, and naiveté prompting two young American friends, Hanna and Liv, to accept a job bartending at the completely misnamed Royal Hotel, located in a remote Australian Outback mining town. As backpacking tourists in Sydney without any viable options, they certainly need the money. However, Hanna and Liv fail utterly to anticipate the clientele, to their dismay.

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THE ROYAL HOTEL (TIFF 2023) – Review by Emma Badame

Australian director Kitty Green’s second narrative feature The Royal Hotel is a wholly unnerving and totally engrossing thriller. Atmospheric and all too realistic, it’s the kind of story that sticks with you long after the credits have rolled. The film is paced to perfection and each and every well-planned element is woven expertly together to build layers upon layers of truly discomforting suspense. With Green’s keen eye the film becomes a riveting exploration of isolation and what it truly feels like to be a young woman in the world. It helps too that Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick nail their characters.

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KITTY GREEN on THE ROYAL HOTEL (TIFF 2023) – Liz Braun interviews

Australian filmmaker Kitty Green delves into the war between men and women in The Royal Hotel, a film about two young backpackers who take barmaid jobs in a mining area in Australia’s isolated outback. How they fare in an environment drenched in testosterone and alcohol is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller about gender dynamics. Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick star in The Royal Hotel as the tourists who take pub jobs to top up their holiday fund. The Royal Hotel is about systemic issues, says Green, “about drinking culture and women feeling threatened in certain spaces.

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MATRIX RESURRECTIONS – Review by Diane Carson

Sometimes the wise decision is to let a film, groundbreaking for its time, linger fondly in our memories rather than to revisit the concept a fourth time. I’m sorry to say that’s the problem with Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in the Matrix world. In its original 1999 introduction, conflicts and connections felt fresh, clever, and exciting. Here, eighteen years after The Matrix Revolutions, the innovative jolt has diminished considerably.

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