Next Screening


Wednesday 10 August 2016
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm


Directed by Paul Ireland
Australia, Comedy/Drama
99 minutes

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 store whilst catching the vulnerability of those on the street. Essentially, it is a left of centre Rom - Com, but don't be surprised to shed a tear. Pawno is a film with a heart of gold about characters that won't be forgotten.

Pawno is a big-hearted, character-driven ensemble film that takes place in a dusty old pawnbroker’s in the heart of Footscray, where world-weary owner Les Underwood watches as the lives of people who come through his doors collide, change and unravel. From blossoming romance to desperate last gambles, these twelve individuals’ stories represent the best and the worst of one day in the life of Melbourne’s most hopeful and giddily mixed-up suburb. Pawno crackles with inventiveness and irreverence in equal measure; it celebrates the rawness of humanity and challenges audiences to see the world from a different view.


“The characters are insightfully drawn in Hill’s screenplay, and the ensemble cast is pretty flawless. One of the engaging elements of the film is that every single character with which we spend time is interesting. Sometimes in this kind of film there are characters that prove to dominate all the others, but not here. The observation, in Hill’s screenplay and Ireland’s direction, is acute, and the actors are first-class.”
David Stratton, The Australian

“Through the particular to the universal ... it's a notion that serves filmmakers well and aswriter Daman Hill shows, it can be a useful filmmaking tool to portray a variety of the human condition. His pawn shop is where Les Underwood plays a duel role of self serving sinner as well as occasional saint. I don't mind the contradictions in his character; they smack of real life. I also appreciate John Brumpton's characterisation as an edgy, complex and unpredictable money lender of last resort.”
Andrew L. Urban. Cinefile

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Noosa 5 Cinema

Currently screening at Noosa 5 Cinemas is the New Zealand comedy ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ which has just won Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival and has had rave reviews. Take this adventure with Sam Neill and Julian Dennison on the run in the wild New Zealand bush. 

Don't miss ‘Love and Friendship’ based on Jane Austin’s novella Lady Susan and  the Australian thriller 'Goldstone', set in the outback and starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil; Andre Rieu’s 2016 Concert screens on 30th & 31st July.  Contact Noosa 5 for further details.

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