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FILM­ING two fe­male back­pack­ers bar­tend­ing in a rough out­back pub for six weeks en­abled Ho­tel Cool­gar­die direc­tor Pete Glee­son to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­vi­ron­ment from a new per­spec­tive.

The WA-filmed doc­u­men­tary fol­lows 20-some­thing Fin­nish back­pack­ers Lina and Steph, who are forced to head to Perth to look for work af­ter their money is stolen in Bali.

The job they se­cure is bar­tend­ing at Den­ver City Ho­tel in re­mote Cool­gar­die, about 550km east of Perth, where they nav­i­gate the ad­vances, in­nu­endo and off-putting com­ments from the male-dom­i­nated clien­tele and put-downs from their boss.

Af­ter some ex­pe­ri­ence with th­ese re­mote pubs, Glee­son thought it would be a fas­ci­nat­ing place to film.

“I wasn’t in the min­ing in­dus­try. I used to go out and work as a labourer now and then while I was at film school,” he said.

“I’d be out there on the drink­ing side of the bar and hear the go­ings on.

“I be­came in­ter­ested in mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary set in that bar: what does this cul­ture look like from the other side of the bar and through the eyes of peo­ple who visit?”

For pro­ducer Melissa Hay­ward, the footage prompted her to re­flect on how she han­dled sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­ments.

“It taught me how I do things in that en­vi­ron­ment and what I should take on board and shouldn’t,” she said.

Pro­ducer Kate Ney­lon re­alised the universal na­ture of the doc­u­men­tary when she recog­nised pub be­hav­iour she had seen out­side of Aus­tralia.

“What was in­ter­est­ing was that it was very sim­i­lar to a small coun­try town I grew up in Scot­land and that pub en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d469605

Ho­tel Cool­gar­die direc­tor Pete Glee­son.

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