With the oldest working brothel in remote Kalgoorlie facing extinction, Madam Carmel and her longest serving sex worker BJ, are bound together by the past, and by their precarious future.


Sascha Ettinger-Epstein (co-writer), Claire Haywood (co-writer)
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The story of Kalgoorlie's last original gold rush brothel is seen through the eyes of the 70 something Madam Carmel, and her longest-serving lady of the night, BJ. Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, the film 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. Written by Claire Haywood

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A quirky true tale
15 June 2017 | by carolethecatloverSee all my reviews

The West is alive and full of gold. Or iron, or nickel or aluminium, at least in Australia. Kalgoolie is a gold mining town in Western Australia. There are many ore mining towns and they are similar. They are full of men with money. This attracts women who want to relieve them of it. Some offer legal services, I knew 2 Irish girls who did a 3 month stint as nurses in Mount Isa, they never paid for a meal or a drink, and as they were Irish, I'm sure they never had sex. Kalgoolie is a wilder town, as it is not a company town. It is also much older, The Pink House is, has been a brothel since 1902! It could be a sad story, but it is surprisingly uplifting. The owner, whose British accent belies her Aussie birth, and whose looks 20 years younger than she is. There are the girls, BJ who is 43, and whose story takes unexpected twists and turns, and could be sad, and a lesson in life, but is funny and very positive, the cops and the Christians are also putting their 2 cents' worth in. We don't hear from the clients. Or even the ordinary citizens of Kalgoolie nor any medical professionals, who are usually vocal about the risks of sex. So a few gaps in the picture, but this is a very good look at the world's oldest profession over time in the modern world.

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15 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Kalgoolie, Australia

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