She describes the dynamic as "like a little dysfunctional family".
Questa Casa, affectionately known as "the pink house was established 113 years ago in 1904 to service the cashed-up men from the gold mining boom.
But as the film progresses, we discover that BJ is her own worst enemy - despite Carmel's best efforts to keep her clean, BJ repeatedly goes off on drug benders.
Madam Carmel looks after reception at the brothel.
Carmel, 70, has been the brothel's madam for 25 years now.The ABC has heard from sex workers in Coffs Harbour that there are local motels that regularly have sex workers operating out of them, causing concern for local residents.The Sex Workers Outreach Project, or swop, is a NSW health funded project that provides sexual health information for sex workers in NSW.They just have this interesting, unusual relationship while they're attempting to survive all of the cultural, political, and social changes in a new era of sex work.".When carmel was feeling a little depressed after being widowed are there brothels in china for the third time in her early 50s, her doctor suggested she find a new interest.
Despite the fact that prostitution has technically been illegal in Western Australia since 1892, the brothel has been an enduring fixture on Hay Street.
When you're a documentary-maker you're switched on, and I love weird eccentric people, and I thought, this is just bizarre.".
The NSW Minister for Local Government, Don Page has said that the NSW Government is aiming to increase regulation of the sex industry in the state by creating a Brothel Licensing Authority.
"I do hope this slice of history can be preserved she said.
Ms Ettinger-Epstein lived with the pair on and off for five years as she made the film.Carmel) really treasures history and in her mind she's the madam of this iconic piece of Australian history Ms Ettinger-Epstein tells, vice.We have been told that the workers are often moving around the state or the country and they advertise in the local papers, Lance Schema says this situation sounds like a brothel.Now they have nights where nobody crosses the threshold."Sex work is legal so what we're talking about in NSW is compliant and non-compliant brothels and that means have they gone through the proper procedures, do they have development application approvals to act and operate as brothels.".New documentary, the Pink House paints an affectionate portrait of Carmel and the last resident worker, BJ, who lives with Carmel out the back of the pink tin shed.
There has been much talk in the media about the regulation of the sex industry in NSW in reaction to last week's Four Corners program on sexual slavery in Australia.
Filmmaker Sascha Ettinger Epstein.