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Pawno (2015)

Pawno (2015)

John BrumptonMaeve DermodyMalcolm KennardMark Coles Smith
Paul Ireland


Pawno (2015) is a English movie. Paul Ireland has directed this movie. John Brumpton,Maeve Dermody,Malcolm Kennard,Mark Coles Smith are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2015. Pawno (2015) is considered one of the best Comedy,Drama,Romance movie in India and around the world.

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 ...


Pawno (2015) Reviews

  • Solid and fascinating microcosm of urban life in Australia


    'Pawno' was ultimately a pleasant surprise as this viewer sifts through a plethora of Australian movies as part of member screenings for the AACTA film awards for 2016. With low expectations (and some dipped even below that), the gems of this season have been with the smaller and often first time film makers. 'Down river', 'Teenage Kicks', 'Girl Asleep' and 'Joe Cinque's Consolation' have been some of the stronger films that were entered into the race for the year's best. 'Pawno' may be overlooked, but i sincerely hope not, as it has much to offer and is, despite some tough scenes, a sweet tale at its centre. The script and central character belong to Damian Hill, and his affection/amusement/fascination with his myriad of motley characters shines through the screen and emanates from his break out performance here. His character's journey is especially interesting and unexpected. The film's screen time is shared between Hill's 'Danny' (a somewhat demure, lovelorn employee) and that of the pawn shop owner 'Les' played by veteran John Brumpton. This viewer has been attending local film screenings for nearly 30 years and Brumpton's career is distinguished and varied and nearly that long! He is perfect for the title role. The actor has the right blend of tough talking, world weary cynicism mixed with a hint of compassion that breaks through some scenes really cogently. The two leads are a great contrast in qualities. The film is primarily set in and around the shop and is 'a day in the life of' for the gentlemen running it as well as the various customers who frequent the pretty dark and dingy establishment. The remainder of the dozen or so locals who frequent the streets near the pawnbroker's shop are a bit hit and miss, with some too broad; others not developed enough, but it does provide a very vivid and at times uneasy sense of street life in such a community (a suburb of Melbourne). There is a tense mix of diverse ethnicity; sexuality and gender; with the generally genial but foul mouthed pair played by Malcolm Kennard and Mark Coles Smith providing some much needed farce and social commentary. Award winning actress Kerry Armstrong lends a few moments of gravitas that might have been more affecting with a little more screen time, but it all added to the melting pot that is the world of 'Pawno'. Australian films almost always struggle at the local box office, and films that are largely ignored by the media and a dearth of entertainment or movie review outlets, makes it all too difficult for little gems to be seen. I may have had to sit through and occasionally walk out on some dire examples of Aussie storytelling, but it is always a privilege to sit and experience narratives that speak to something authentic and identifiable. Films like 'Pawno' and the aforementioned 2016 features show that although bums are not hitting seats at cinemas, there are some terrific tales to rally behind. Thankfully there are now numerous ways to interact with content, and I encourage viewers of interesting cinema to check out some of the lesser talked about titles of the year.

  • The human side of Australia


    I was incredibly surprised by both the content and human elements of this poignant movie. It's depiction of life on the street and within the surrounding community, has no equal in my eyes in Australian film. The sensitive nature in which each complex character was handled was very intelligent and showed that marginalised people still have dreams and hopes. The movie humanised people who are ordinarily shunned by society. The content was very thought- provoking. I haven't written a review for some time, but this film moved me to write this in the hope that more people might read it and watch this movie.

  • don't miss it


    what a great movie I guess living in Footscray made it seem real with all the quirky characters. great acting from the whole cast and wonderful scrip, so honest the whole movie had a great feel about it I loved it at the movies, just bought the DVD and loved it more the second time, congratulations to all concerned

  • Minor, small-scale but really rather likable.


    Minor, small-scale but really rather likable tragic-comic ensemble piece from Australia, "Pawno", as its title suggests, revolves around a day in the life of a pawnbroker's shop in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, focusing not just on the two guys who work there but on their customers and neighbors as well. It's a little too lightweight to make a major impact but it's well written, (by Damian Hill who also plays the pawnbroker's assistant and who died tragically young a few months ago), and pleasingly acted by everyone. The director is Paul Ireland who, with more substantial material, could go far.

  • A small slice of Aussie life


    Pawno is a bittersweet film that shows the lives of several various characters all revolving around a dusty old pawn shop in Footscray. The locations were lovely to look at and the acting was spot on. The main characters were interesting and their stories were involving. The only problem that I have, and it's only a small one, is that I felt that some of the story-lines were left dangling. I would have like to know a little more about some of the other characters. I imagine that lack of time and an effort to stop the film from getting bogged did not allow this, bit I would have liked to see some of the other stories fleshed out a little more. Other than that, it's a fine film with real heart. Pawno is worth a look for someone who likes an intelligent story


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