3.5

Pawno

Drama


 

A day in the life of a Footscray Pawn shop owner and the characters who inhabit the neighbourhood.

The most striking element of "Pawno" is how well observed the characters are. The players assembled by this independent filmmaker are familiar and recognisable, from the scallywags to the battlers, each embodying a part of a quintessentially Australian psyche. There are many story-lines woven into the episodic plot, and a lot of emotional territory is traversed while not straying too far from a particularly interesting shop in a suburb known for its diversity. It's all here, astute and darkly colourful. Pawn stars.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2015
89 mins