Pawno Sunday, 22 September 2019


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)


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


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

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. is not responsible for any injury or hardship suffered as a result of using this website. Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information, does not assume any legal liability for missing, incomplete or unsuitable information, or typographical errors.