The first trailer has dropped for Roderick MacKay’s highly anticipated, WA-shot, The Furnace.
Set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia, The Furnace tells the story of an unlikely hero, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land.
The Furnace illuminates the forgotten history of Australia’s ‘Ghan’ cameleers, who were 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) partners with a mysterious bushman (David Wenham) 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.
MacKay is a Perth-based writer and director with a formal training in visual arts whose credits include short films Trigger and Factory 293. The Furnace premiered as part of the official selection for the 77th Venice Film Festival.
The Furnace stars David Wenham, Ahmed Malek, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, Baykali Ganambarr, Trevor Jamieson, Wakara Gondarra, Samson Coulter, Steve Mccall, Mahesh Jadu, Osamah Sami, Kaushik Das, Mansoor Noor, Dayal Singh, Sean Choolburra and Goran D Kleut.
The Furnace will hit Australian cinemas December 10.