Local Lowdown: Film director Paul Ireland on why he loves St Kilda

Film director Paul Ireland. Photo: Scott McNaughton

Film director Paul Ireland. Photo: Scott McNaughton

St Kilda actor-turned-director Paul Ireland’s debut feature film, Pawno, was released this month. The comedic drama is about a day in the life of a pawnbrokers in Footscray.

Paul, originally from Scotland, has lived in St Kilda for eight years with his wife and son.

#Pawno director Paul Ireland posing with a #Pawno standee! Don't they look great?!?!!?? Support your local #film #industry, and catch this #Aussie-as feature in cinemas around #Australia, April 21st! Trailer in bio above, session times at Pawnomovie.com ? #film #Australia #indie #independent #pozible #crowdfunding #filmmaking #melbourne #featurefilm #footscray #west #actress #melbournefilm #suntheatre #grassroots #indiefilmmaking #studentfilm #miff #miff2015 #incinemas #hugoweaving #thematrix #neo #keanureeves #afi

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Where do you go for a great cup of coffee?

Pelican. While we were making the film, this was our office where we’d do interviews, have a bit of food and end up staying for hours.

For a sneaky takeaway?

When I arrived from London, I searched around to find my favourite Indian food. The Roti Man became a bit of an epidemic; I was eating there four times a week! I’ve cut down to once weekly. The whole family loves it.

Tonight's special pan seared lamb backstrap with a zucchini and haloumi herb cake and tomato and chilli vinaigrette#stkildapelican#stkilda#fitzroyst#3182#melbourne#foodporn#weloveourlocals#lamb#specials

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For a big night out?

Cicciolina for a special treat. We love the food there; it’s beautiful.

For some me time?

I go walking on the beach right along the bay. In the morning there’s no one around so you can shout out your lines without people thinking you’re mad.

Wagyu tartare pickled shallot gold beets nestertium purple conga chips fried quail eggs and beet powder #ciccstkilda #cicciolina #stkilda #melbournefood #theartofplating #wagyutartare

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For when friends come from out of town?

I love Radio Mexico. The staff are lovely and the food is always superb.

For Friday night drinks?

Probably the Middle Park Hotel. It was my local before I moved and I’ve never really found another local since.

Perch yourself on the stools by the bar for a Counter Meal, or sit in the dining area. Either way, it's #SteakTuesday. #MiddleParkHotel

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For a head-turning new outfit?

Prime’s a great shop. It’s got all the stuff I like. It’s like a one-stop shop for clothing for me.

For a serious workout?

That’d be back at the Middle Park Hotel! But for a bit of exercise, the St Kilda Sea Baths. I use the gym and then swim, and I keep threatening to do the yoga classes.

For a pick-me-up when you’re feeling blue?

Classic Cinema. I always go early, because a lot of the time I can have it to myself.



  • Pelican 16 Fitzroy St, St Kilda. 9525 5847
  • The Roti Man 12 Armstrong St, Middle Park. 9699 4244
  • Cicciolina’s 130 Acland St, St Kilda. 9525 3333
  • Radio Mexico 11/13 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 9534 9990
  • Middle Park Hotel 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park. 9810 0079
  • Prime Athletic 227 Barkly St, St Kilda. 9537 0344
  • St Kilda Sea Baths 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda 9593 8228
  • Classic Cinema 9 Gordon St, Elsternwick. 9524 7900







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