The Pink House 18+
South Australian Premiere
Two women bound by the past and their precarious future. Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival.
The Questa Casa brothel has become something of a landmark in Kalgoorlie as a reminder of the wild west image central to the town’s mining heritage. The pink tin shed has operated since 1904, though it now struggles on as an anachronism in the digitised, globalised sex marketplace. This highly-awarded documentary centres on the long-term relationship between madam Carmel and BJ, a sex worker with a load of demons. Steering around the moral arguments raised by prostitution, this compassionate study shows that it is not really about sex, but rather about the stories of women trying to get by on a daily basis.
Director Sascha Ettinger-Epstein | Producer Claire Haywood | Screenwriter Claire Haywood, Sascha Ettinger-Epstein | Composer Caitlin Yeo | Editor Mat Evans, Kelli Jean Drinkwater | Cinematographer Sascha Ettinger-Epstein | Sound Mix: Simon Hicks, Colourist: Ray Argyll | Cast Simone Kearsley, Carmel Galvin
Sascha Ettinger-Epstein is a graduate of UTS and AFTRS in Sydney. Her previous documentary work includes Painting With Light in a Dark World (2003), The Oasis (2008), Playing in the Shadows (2008) and Destination Arnold (2016). She has won two AFI Awards.