1897 Western Australia.
To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars. Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant and his troopers in a race to reach a secret furnace – the one place where they can safely reset the bars to remove the mark of the Crown.
The Furnace is an unlikely hero’s tale, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land. The film illuminates the forgotten history of Australia’s ‘Ghan’ cameleers, predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan and Persia, who traversed the Nation’s vast desert interior, thereby forming unique bonds with local Aboriginal people.
To comply with the guidelines set by the Australian Classification Board, children under the age of 15 will not be permitted into the theatre as this film has a Restricted MA15+ classification. For more information please visit the boards website here: https://www.classification.gov.au/
"tough as old leather and as good as gold"The Guardian
Director Roderick Mackay
Writers Roderick Mackay
Composer Mark Bradshaw
Editor Merlin Eden
Production Designer Clayton Jauncey
Ahmed Malek – David Wenham – Jay Ryan – Baykali Ganambarr – Trevor Jamison – Erik Thomson – Samson Coulter – Wakara Gondarra – Mahesh Jadu – Osamah Sami – Goran D. Kleut