The last time Ozark star Julia Garner teamed with filmmaker Kitty Green it was for The Assistant, one of the most chilling films to emerge out of the post-Weinstein #MeToo period. And now they are reunited for the TIFF premiere of The Royal Hotel, an outback thriller that also stars The Matrix alums Jessica Henwick and Hugo Weaving.
Here’s the synopsis: Americans Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick) 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 (Hugo Weaving) and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under drinking culture but soon Hanna and Livy find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.
The cast also features Toby Wallace, Ursula Yovich, Daniel Henshall, James Frecheville, and Herbert Nordrum also star.
As unbelievable as that plot sounds, Green based it on true events. She co-wrote the screenplay with Australian filmmaker Oscar Redding.
Neon will release The Royal Hotel into theaters on October 6th.