Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel begins filming in South Australia with Julia Garner, Hugo Weaving, Toby Wallace and Jessica Henwick


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Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel begins filming in South Australia with Julia Garner, Hugo Weaving, Toby Wallace and Jessica Henwick

August 10, 2022

Julia Garner: Getty, Hugo Weaving: Gerhard Kassner, Jessica Henwick; Emma McIntyre/Getty, Toby Wallace: Alex Vaughan.

Production is underway in South Australia on Rocking Movies‘ social thriller The Royal Hotel, written and directed by green kitten, with Toby Wallace (Milk teeth, Pistol) announced today as joining the stellar cast.

Wallace will star alongside the two-time Emmy Award winner Julia Garnier (Invent Anna, ozark), AFI winner Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose, Oranges and Sunshine, The Matrix) and rising star Jessica Henwick (The Matrix Resurrections and to come Knives Out 2).

Wallace won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and the AACTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2020 for his performance in Baby teeth.

The Royal Hotel reunites writer/director Kitty Green and Julia Garner who previously worked together on Green’s hit The wizard which premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival and earned Garner an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

The film is produced by the multi-award winning Rocking Movies (The power of the dog). NEON acquired North American rights.

The Royal Hotel is filming in remote locations in South Australia and Adelaide.

A social thriller based on true events, the film follows Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Henwick) who are best friends hiking in Australia. After running out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temp job behind the bar at a pub called “The Royal Hotel” in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy (Weaving) and a host of locals, including the charming Matty (Wallace), give the girls a rowdy introduction to the drinking culture Down Under, but things go awry when their jokes and behavior get out of hand. terminals. Soon, Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in a disturbing situation that quickly spirals out of their control.

The Royal Hotel is produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Conserve from See-Saw Films, the Oscar and BAFTA winning team behind The power of the dog, Leo and The king’s speech together with Animal Kingdom and The king producer Liz Wattsfilm and television director of See-Saw Films (Australia) and Scarlett Pictures Kath Helper (Samson and Delilah). COO of See-Saw Films Simon Gilles will be the executive producer. Green co-wrote the screenplay with Oscar Redding (Van Diemen’s Land).

Minister of Arts The Hon. Andrea Michaels said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Oscar-winning company See-Saw Films back to South Australia with the feature film The Royal Hotel. This is their third consecutive major production in the state in as many years.

“This major international production will bring significant benefits to South Australia. Not only will it create hundreds of local jobs, employing 225 of our state’s highly skilled screen industry professionals in a predominantly South Australian crew, but the film will inject an estimated $4.6 million into our economy. local, including in the regions. With the rights already sold in the United States for theatrical release, this highly anticipated new thriller will be an international showcase of the remarkable locations of the South Australian Outback, the capacity of our Adelaide Studios production facilities and of our exceptional screen talent – exporting South Australian knowledge and creativity to the world.

“I congratulate the SAFC on securing this exciting feature film for South Australia, cementing our state’s international reputation as a world-class location for high-end screen production.”

CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation Kate Crosser said: “The SAFC is delighted to support the production of The Royal Hotel in South Australia, marking the continuation of our successful production pipeline with multi-award winning company See-Saw Films. This exciting new feature film will provide a significant level of production activity in the Adelaide and South Australian regions, as well as employment and training opportunities for the South Australian team, strengthening the sa screen industry capacity.

Producer Liz Watts said: “We are thrilled to have Toby Wallace join such a brilliant cast led by the inimitable Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick. Filming has begun in the stunning landscapes of South Australia, and The Royal Hotel is well on its way to being an undeniably gripping film under the distinctive direction of Kitty Green.

The Royal Hotel is a production of See-Saw Productions. Major investment in the production of Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Funded with support from Screen NSW. Australian distribution by Transmission Films and international sales by HanWay and Cross City Films.


See-Saw Films is a leading Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy-winning film and television production house, founded in 2008 by producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. See-Saw is made up of an industry-leading team spread across offices in London and Sydney.

See-Saw’s “The Power Of The Dog” written and directed by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, won the Academy Award for Best Director (and was nominated for 11 other awards), and won Best Director and BAFTA Best Picture (and was nominated for 6 other awards). See-Saw produced six-time Oscar® nominee and two-time BAFTA winner ‘Lion’, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and in 2011 won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for ‘The King’s Speech’ which won swept an additional three awards from twelve nominations, as well as seven BAFTAs from fourteen nominations. Recent projects include “Ammonite” written and directed by Francis Lee, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; and ‘Widows’ directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis. Upcoming films include “Operation Mincemeat” directed by John Madden, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald; “The Stranger,” written and directed by Thomas M. Wright, starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris; “The Son,” directed by Florian Zeller and written by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Anthony Hopkins; and “Foe” written by Iain Reid and Garth Davis, directed by Garth Davis and starring Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre.


In just five years, NEON has garnered 18 Oscar® nominations, 5 wins including Best Picture, and grossed over $180 million at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema like Bong Joon Ho’s. Parasite, which made history by winning four Oscars®, becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, grossed over $53 million at the domestic box office and broke several records. NEON has amassed a library of over 80 films with notable releases including: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record honey country, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Oscar® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller Apollo 11 which grossed $16 million worldwide; Palme d’Or by Julia Ducournau, Titanium; and Craig Gillespie Me Tonya which earned multiple Oscar® nominations, a win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30 million at the domestic box office.

The studio has several projects in various stages of development and production including: The painter and the thief narrative remake; by Brandon Cronenberg Overflowing swimming pool with Alexander Skarsgard; an untitled horror flick from first-time director Bishal Dutta; by Joshua Oppenheimer The end, a Golden Age musical with Oscar winner Tilda Swinton; and the documentary Finding Mavis Beacon by director Jazmin Jones. Recent acquisitions and upcoming releases include; The sensation of Jonas Carpignano A Chiara; Baby, by New York-based Afro-Latina artist Rebeca Huntt; Celine Sciamma’s Little mom ; and Ninja Thyberg’s bold feature debut Pleasure.

Other recent releases include: Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or, Titanium; Apichatpong Weerasethakul Memory with Tilda Swinton; the anthology feature The Year of the Eternal Storm; Documentary by Matthew Heineman The first wave; Nicolas Cage star, Pig; At Jamila Wignot’s Ailey; Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky; Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The murder of two lovers; The Billie Eilish Documentary The world is a little blurry; Ben Wheatley Horror Movie In the ground; Francis Lee’s Romantic Drama Ammonite with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney Documentary Totally under control; At Max Barbakow Palm Springs with Andy Samberg; and Celine Sciamma Portrait of a lady on fire.

Following a fruitful collaboration on Me Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (the strategic company of Dan Friedkin and Micah Green) partnered with Tom Quinn (founder and CEO) and Tim League (co-founder) of NEON to become majority investors in the company.


HanWay Films is a UK-based finance, sales, distribution and marketing company with a strong influence in the independent film market. Founded in 1998 by producer Jeremy Thomas, HanWay Films offers full service and creative solutions; specializing in quality, commercially oriented films from diverse, visionary and unique filmmakers from around the world. HanWay Films has long-term global production partnerships and represents films from sister company Recorded Picture Company as well as projects from third-party producers as well as the rights to an extensive film catalog of over 350 feature films.

HanWay’s list includes EO by Jerzy Skolimowski which will screen in competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, THE ROYAL HOTEL by Kitty Green, MORNING by Justin Kurzel; HOT MILK by Rebecca Lenkiewicz; SWEET SUE from rising director Leo Leigh; Dania Pasquini and Max Giwa’s adrenaline fueled BREAKING POINT; MCCARTHY directed by Vaclav Marhoul; EVEREST directed by Doug Liman; MASTER GARDENER by Paul Schrader; BLUEBACK by Robert Connolly; TIMESTALKER by Alice Lowe; and Ruth Paxton’s directorial debut A BANQUET. The company also represents screenwriter and director Rupert Everett’s LOST AND FOUND IN PARIS; Amma Asante’s Cold War thriller THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY; PEGGY JO by Phillip Noyce; WILDLANDS by Kim Mordaunt and FENCER by Jasmine McGlade.

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