Wed Oct 18, 6:45 PM
Director: Kitty Green
105 minutes
Unclassified 18+

Two backpackers take on outback culture.

You’re invited to the Opening Night Gala of Adelaide Film Festival 2023, South Australia’s premier screen event! Come together with filmmakers and film lovers from far and wide to kick off your festival experience with Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotela fitting salute to the courageous cinema that is created in South Australia.

Dress up and join us on the red carpet from 6pm to be a part of this glamorous night. Director and co-writer Kitty Green will attend the Opening Night Gala and walk the red carpet with Australian acting icon, and Adelaide Film Festival Board member, Hugo Weaving.

Uncompromising auteur Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet, The Assistant) explodes the conventions of the outback thriller in this captivating new work. Having the time of their lives, Americans Hanna (Julia 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 Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control. Green subverts the genre by taking a female gaze towards toxic masculinity and outback culture, while giving audiences an exceptional cinematic experience.

Coming to Adelaide Film Festival via its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Royal Hotel was produced by some of Australia’s foremost producers: Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The Power of the Dog, Lion, The King’s Speech), Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom, The King) and Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah, The New Boy). The Royal Hotel is a Transmission Films’ release. Filmed in South Australia, The Royal Hotel is a testament to the extraordinary films made in our state.  

It’s sure to be a remarkable night, that won’t wrap up at the end of the screening. Your ticket will also include access to the Gala After Party at Hindley Street Music Hall, with entertainment, drinks and, of course, some dancing.

So join us, take a seat, and see the world in a totally new light.

The Piccadilly
Red Carpet – 6pm
Screening – 6.45pm

Hindley Street Music Hall
After Party – 9pm

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Gala, Red Carpet
Director Kitty Green
Producer Liz Watts, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Kath Shelper, Simon Gillis
Writer Kitty Green, Oscar Redding
Cast Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving
Genre Adventure, Drama, Horror, Social Issue, Thriller

Screens with: Blame the Rabbit

Wed Oct 18, 6:45 PM
Director: Elena Carapetis
14 minutes
Unclassified 15+

After surviving a horrific assault by her husband, Helen uses the time of his incarceration to plan her revenge. She painstakingly rebuilds herself into the entity that will have the most power over him: a beautiful woman. A surrealist, modern take on the Gorgon myth and a cautionary tale about what happens when you suppress and disrespect the Divine Feminine.

Elena Carapetis 

Elena Carapetis is an acting graduate of NIDA, a writer, a director, and Story Consultant at Highview Productions. She has performed, written and directed for theatre companies throughout Australia and has toured internationally. Screen credits include The Tourist (Stan/BBC), Aftertaste (ABC), The Hunting (SBS), and the original Heartbreak High (Ch 10). Elena is the daughter of Greek and Cypriot migrants and currently lives on Kaurna land.
Premiere World Premiere
Film Type AFF Investment Fund, Short Fiction
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund, Gala, Made In SA
Director Elena Carapetis
Producer Lisa Scott, Adam Camporeale
Writer Elena Carapetis
Cinematographer Emerson Hoskin
Editor Jack Smith
Cast Anna Linder, Anna Steen, Brendan Rock, Henry Cooper, Elvy-Lee Quici
Genre Reality, Satire, Short, Women