Pawno, the debut film of director Paul Ireland which premiered at last year's MIFF, will open in cinemas nationally on April 21. 

Set in Footscray, Melbourne, the film's cast includes Pawno screenwriter Damian Hill, John Brumpton (Romper Stomper), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana), Tony Rickards (Holding The Man), Maeve Dermody (Griff the Invisible) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin).

Brumpton plays Les Underwood, the proprietor of an old pawnbroker's shop. 

Produced by Paul Ireland and Damian Hills’ production company Toothless Pictures, the privately financed feature was shot in Barkly Street, Footscray. 

The soundtrack features Tom Waits, Vance Joy, hip-hop group Astronomy Class and Chris Saray. 

After premiering it MIFF, Pawno premiered internationally at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

It has also screened at the Singapore Film Festival and Cinefest Oz in Western Australia.

Pawno is the first feature film to be distributed by the new production and distribution company Mind Blowing World, which was formed by Mitu Bhowmick Lange and John Molloy, and is the sister company of Mind Blowing Films.

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