Australian Perspectives ACMI presents

The Pink House

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Producer Claire Haywood will be visiting ACMI from Sydney on Saturday 17 February for a post-screening Q&A! 

The Pink House tells the story of Kalgoorlie's last original gold rush brothel, the Questa Casa, through the eyes of the colourful Madam Carmel, 70, and her longest-­serving sex worker, BJ.

Although prostitution is technically illegal in Western Australia, the infamous 'starting stalls' of the pink house have been servicing the miners of this frontier town since 1904. But with the advent of fly-­in fly­‐out mining, and a deluge of cheap internet escorts spreading into the suburbs, the historic icon is facing tough times.

Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, The Pink House is an intimate portrait of two women bound together by the past and their precarious future. And when darker forces begin to exert pressure, their fragile relationship is tested to its limits.

Premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2017. Winner, Documentary Australia Foundation Award.


“...the unsparing honesty and empathy shown while handling a difficult subject will keep open-minded viewers riveted from start to finish”

The Herald Sun

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