The Furnace

The Furnace

The Furnace

Ahmed Malek (Gunshot) and David Wenham (Lion) star in this on-the-run drama set in 1890s Western Australia and highlighting the forgotten history of the country's ‘Ghan' cameleers.

To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer (Malek) partners with a mysterious bushman (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.

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and violence116 minsAustralia
WesternHistorical
Director:
Roderick MacKay (feature debut)
Writer:
Roderick MacKay
Cast:
David WenhamAhmed Malek

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Smolders effectively, even if it doesn't quite achieve maximum heat.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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There's enough depth to the central conflict worthy of the cinematic traditions that inspired it.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Weaves this unusual viewpoint into a standard Western narrative to compelling effect.

Variety

Variety

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An enjoyably absorbing experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Captures an intriguing stillness derived heavily from the land, which is vast and unforgiving, of course; it wouldn't be an Australian western if it wasn't.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Smolders effectively, even if it doesn't quite achieve maximum heat.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

There's enough depth to the central conflict worthy of the cinematic traditions that inspired it.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Weaves this unusual viewpoint into a standard Western narrative to compelling effect.

Variety

Variety

press

An enjoyably absorbing experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Captures an intriguing stillness derived heavily from the land, which is vast and unforgiving, of course; it wouldn't be an Australian western if it wasn't.