Pawno Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Pawno

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Opens the door of possibility.

  • Starring:

    John Brumpton, Maeve Dermody, Damian Hill, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith, Kerry Armstrong, Tony Rickards, Daniel Frederiksen, Ngoc Phan, Naomi Rukavina, Mark Silveira, John Orcsik, Brad McMurray

  • Directed by:

    Paul Ireland

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People commit suicide (gunshot), overdose on drugs, self-harm. People are hit with objects, punched, stomped on, dowsed in hot liquid, kneed, kicked, dragged, slapped (friendly sparring), hooded and kidnapped (in front of a child). A car is hot-wired/stolen. Object thrown, smashed. Yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody cheek, nose, mouth, face, clothing, shoulders, knuckles, cuts, scratches; smeared blood, spitting bblood. Bruises.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, bum-squeezing, ogling. A woman performs oral sex on a man (off-camera). A video recording shows a man in underwear being teased/dominated for sexual pleasure. Skimpy clothing, cleavage, shirtless man. References to transgender, homosexuality, sex, stripping, prostitution, one-night stands.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (prepared on spoon; drug overdose). Junkie character. Drug syringe seen on table. Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking. Gambling (horseracing called on the radio). Roids mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent c-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang/actual terms for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory term for disabled people. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Pawnbrokers, people, characters, multiculturalism, stories, romance, secret crushes, transgenderism, missing persons, toothache, self-harm, humanity, suicide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged father, divorce mentioned. Dog, dog poo, taxidermy butterflies. Spitting, tongue-poking.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Gritty, raw, honest, funny, unexpected, vivid, insightful, interesting, astute, brave, beautiful, contemporary, authentic, humble, beguiling, assured, enjoyable. Talented/strong/fine/flawless ensemble cast, colourful/familiar/well-observed/recognisable characters, engaging script, zippy dialogue, real sense of place, feels fresh/original, impressive directing debut, solid technical credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Episodic, contrived, overwritten. Mostly deals with one character at a time, some subplots veer toward melodrama, beating scene is jarring/out of place.

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