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Film poster
Directed by Paul Ireland
Produced by Damian Hill
Paul Ireland
Written by Damian Hill
Starring John Brumpton
Damian Hill
Maeve Dermody
Malcolm Kennard
Mark Coles Smith
Music by Tristan Dewey
Tai Jordan
Cinematography Shelley Farthing-Dawe
Edited by Gary Woodyard
ROAR Digital
Toothless Pictures
Distributed by Mind Blowing Films
Release date
21 April 2016
Running time
89 min
Country Australia
Language English

Pawno is a 2016 Australian romantic comedy drama film set in the diverse and multicultural suburb of Footscray. It was released in cinemas around Australia on 21 April 2016 by Mind Blowing World.

The film was directed by Paul Ireland from a script by Damian Hill. The two co-produced their debut feature film through their production company, Toothless Pictures. It stars John Brumpton, Kerry Armstrong, Maeve Dermody, Damian Hill, Mark Coles Smith and Malcolm Kennnard.

The film premiered to critical success, and was the fastest-selling Australian film at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2015, finishing in the top 10 for the MIFF Audience Award. Film critic David Stratton of At the Movies, gave Pawno four stars [1] in The Australian.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Pawno is set in the multicultural suburb of Footscray, Victoria. A character-driven story, Pawno examines the intersecting lives of 14 local characters and their resident pawnbroker.



The film was independently-funded through a Pozible campaign,[2] and was shortlisted [3] for the $100,000 Cinefest Oz prize.


Pawno currently holds a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
AACTA Awards
Best Original Screenplay Damian Hill Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
John Brumpton Nominated
Best Actress Maeve Dermody Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mark Coles Smith Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kerry Armstrong Nominated
AFCA Awards Best Film Paul Ireland Nominated
Damian Hill Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Actor John Brumpton Nominated
FCCA Awards Best Script/Screenplay Damian Hill Nominated
Best Actor John Brumpton Nominated
Best Actress Maeve Dermody Nominated
Best Actor - Supporting Role Mark Coles Smith Nominated
Best Actress - Supporting Role Kerry Armstrong Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Independent Trailer Toothless Pictures Nominated
Melbourne International Film Festival People's Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature Paul Ireland Nominated
Screen Music Awards, Australia Best Original Song ("Those Friends of Mine") Tristan Dewey and Tai Jordan Nominated
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Tridens Award for Best Music Won

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