THE FURNACE

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Film synopsis

Set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia, THE FURNACE is an unlikely hero’s tale, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land. This 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, forming unique bonds with local Aboriginal people.

To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer (Ahmed Malek, Clash) partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars (David Wenham, Dirt Music). Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant (Jay Ryan, IT Chapter Two) 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.

Running time

116 minutes

Country of origin

Australia

Year of production

2020

Cast

David Wenham
Ahmed Malek
Jay Ryan
Erik Thomson
Baykali Ganambarr
Trevor Jamieson
Mahesh Jadu

Director

Roderick MacKay

Producer

Timothy White and Tenille Kennedy

Genres

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Available formats

DCP

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