Paying the piper and calling the tune?

05.07.16 | The Conversation

Aussie pub owner ditches Pokies in favour of live music

17.06.16 | Tone Deaf

Pokies unplugged at footy club

23.05.16 | Bayside News

8000 Victorian pokies punters push the button on precommitment

22.05.16 | The Age

Andrew Barr rules out as many as 500 pokies in the casino

03.05.16 | The Canberra Times

Redundant workers turning to pokies

02.05.16 | Star Weekly

Tim Costello: RSLs that use con job pokies dishonour the Anzacs

26.04.16 | Crikey

This anti-pokies ad is not for normal people; it’s for Canberra’s politicians

20.04.16 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Frankston pokies venue Langwarrin Hotel wins new machines for building children’s playground

20.04.16 | ABC News

The 2016 Australian Directors Guild Awards Nominations


We are proud to announce that Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation & director Jane Manning have been nominated for Best Documentary Stand Alone at the Australian Directors Guild Awards 2016.

The prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Friday 6 May.


“Ka-Ching is a powerful and accessible documentary that clearly demonstrates how poker machines are designed to addict, the damage they do, and how unique Australia is in allowing them throughout our community, at a terrible cost.”

Meg Webb, Manager, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania


“A game-changing film in the pokie debate. It leaves no doubt regarding the dangerous, addictive nature of EGMs and the ‘no win’ reality for those who use them.”

Mark Brown, Tasmanian Director, Australian Christian Lobby


“Not just the story of the human misery caused by addiction to poker machines, Pokie Nation investigates the work of the mathematicians, musicians and designers who pour all their brilliance into making sure people keep playing down to their last dollar, and speaks with various scientists, including neuroscientists, who explain why poker machines are now formally recognised as an addiction alongside cocaine and heroin.”

Sydney Morning Herald ★★★1/2 stars


“Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, produced by Neil Lawrence and Mitzi Goldman, is impressive stuff, on par with a Four Corners investigation.”

TV Tonight ★★★★ stars


“When the master at getting inside people’s heads makes a film warning you about who else has got in there, it’s time to pay attention. Neil Lawrence’s Ka-Ching! is proof that no matter how many times you play the pokies, the pokies will always play you.”

Andrew Denton