Pawno is a character driven film about change, hope and identity. Within a day, an eclectic ensemble intersect as lives are examined and motives explored. At its heart lies a simple love story, yet love is rarely simple.
An aging pawn shop in Footscray is the pulse for an assortment of people attempting to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in a world too often cruel. It is a unique and unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society. Filled with humour, philosophy and unforgettable characters, Pawno is not a gangster movie. It’s not an action film. It’s not a tale of redemption. It’s not political. It’s not about sex, drugs and music. It’s a captivating narrative about a day in the life of fourteen very different players.
Who just happens to encompass all of the above.
Directed by: Paul Ireland
Starring: John Brumpton, Maeve Dermody, Damian Hill, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith and Kerry Armstrong
Release Date: 2015
Did you know?: This is Paul Ireland’s first film as director. Paul has a long list of acting credits including Jack Irish: Dead Point, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, Underbelly and The Turning.
Pawno will screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival and CinéfestOZ.