The 2023 Adelaide Film Festival has revealed that ‘The Royal Hotel’ a social thriller directed by Kitty Green is set to kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 18th. The highly anticipated film was shot in South Australia with support from the South Australian government via the South Australian Film Corporation. 

CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation Kate Croser said in an interview with the South Australian Film Corporation that The Royal Hotel’ will captivate South Australian audiences as the perfect opening night for the Adelaide Film Festival as it marks See-Saw Films’ third major project in the last two years.

“This exciting new film will be another international showcase for the world-class talent and capability of South Australia’s screen industry set against the backdrop of our stunning Outback locations.”

After receiving widespread recognition for her first feature film ‘The Assistant’ and her acclaimed documentaries, Kitty Green, based in New York City, came back to Australia to create The Royal Hotel, which was filmed last year in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

The exceptional cast of the film comprises both Australian and international talents, featuring Julia Garner (‘The Assistant’, ‘Ozark’, and ‘Inventing Anna’), Jessica Henwick (‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’), as well as Australian actors Toby Wallace (‘Babyteeth’), Ursula Yovich, Daniel Henshall, and James Frecheville.

The film was also produced by some of Australia’s leading producers; Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Liz Watts and Kath Shelper.

Garner and Henwick play the roles of two backpackers who take a job at a secluded Australian pub for extra cash when they find themselves facing a group of rowdy locals and a swiftly escalating situation that becomes out of their control.

“The Adelaide Film Festival is thrilled to be presenting the premiere of ‘The Royal Hotel’.

Adelaide Film Festival’s CEO & Creative Director, Mat Kesting said it is a fitting salute to the extraordinary films that are made in South Australia.