It has been confirmed that indie Australian comic drama Pawno will be screening in Australian cinemas on April 21. This is director Paul Ireland’s film debut, which made its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) last year and it was the festival’s fastest selling event. The film also had European and Asian film premieres. Pawno features a diverse cast including screenwriter Damian Hill, veteran actors John Brumpton (Romper Stomper), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana) and Tony Rickards (Holding The Man), alongside rising talents Maeve Dermody (Griff, the Invisible) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin).
The story situates in the heart of Footscray where a pawnbroker owner, Les Underwood (John Brumpton) watches the lives of people who come through his doors change and unravel. From a blossoming romance to the desperation of last gambles, it’s a film that summarises the lives of twelve individuals with different stories, representing the best and the worst aspects of the much-loved Melbourne suburb. Pawno has been known for its creative take on humanity and challenges the audiences to see the world from a different perspective.
PAWNO Premiere Dates:
August 5, 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival
November 21, 2015 A-List Black Nights Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
November 29, 2015 Singapore Film Festival
AUS NATIONAL RELEASE
April 21, 2016