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Pawno is a character driven ensemble film set in the diverse and multicultural suburb of Footscray in Melbourne, Australia. It revolves around one day in the lives of twelve characters. The... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Brumpton ... Les Underwood
Maeve Dermody ... Kate
Malcolm Kennard ... Carlo
Mark Coles Smith ... Pauly
Damian Hill Damian Hill ... Danny Williams
Tony Rickards ... Harry
Kerry Armstrong ... Jennifer Montgomery
Naomi Rukavina Naomi Rukavina ... Holly
Daniel Frederiksen ... Paige Turner
Ngoc Phan Ngoc Phan ... Lai
Brad McMurray ... Jason Spears
John Orcsik John Orcsik ... Tony 'Poodles' Robinson
Mark Silveira ... Harsha
Jesse Velik Jesse Velik ... Jay
Beth MacDonald Beth MacDonald ... Claire


Pawno is a character driven ensemble film set in the diverse and multicultural suburb of Footscray in Melbourne, Australia. It revolves around one day in the lives of twelve characters. The film is set in an ageing Pawnbrokers and at the core of the story beats a romance, yet love is rarely simple. Within a day, lives intersect and motives are examined. It is a multi-layered story that celebrates the rawness of humanity and challenges audiences to see the world from a different view. Characters from various cultural backgrounds are reflected in the performances of some of Australia's most dynamic actors. It is the Australia that we see when walking down the street and one rarely shown and often maligned in film. Pawno is a film that has garnered much hype amongst the film world in Australia. A brilliant soundtrack comprising Tom Waits, Astronomy Class and Vance Joy amongst others is married with an original score to take the viewer into the sanctuary of Les Underwood and his pawn ...

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21 April 2016 (Australia) See more »

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Footscray, Victoria, Australia

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Pawno - Whatever You Do, Think Twice Before You Step Inside This Shop (or Suburb)
30 September 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Beware, here is another Aussie movie that claims to be a reflection of a city and its inhabitants. Yes, these types are there if you go looking for them but, where are the rest of the folk that make up the heart of any city? Seems there's not one, no, not one somewhat 'balanced' character whom a wider audience might more easily identify with. Sandwiched between some of the most demeaning foul dialogue, we are expected to 'enjoy' the company of a cast of unbearable thugs and low-lifers - as they waste their lives on drugs, sex, theft, and beating someone senseless.

Producer/writer/actor, Damian Hill might have scored higher if he had developed his characters more finely. This may have given us more of an idea what was driving them or if he had simply given his audience some relief from the gutter talk, and grossly unlikable situations that makes up the lives of this bunch of non-event, lost souls. Even with a tacked on 'nice' ending - overall, this is just one more movie experience that some may want to follow up with a wrist-slitting party. Very little to enjoy here.

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