Film Screening 20th April, 2021

Poster for The Furnace

The Furnace 

7:30 PM, 20th April, 2021

  • MA
  • 116 mins
  • 2020
  • Roderick MacKay
  • Ahmed Malek, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, David Wenham

** In accordance with ANU COVID-19 safety protocols, all attendees must pre-register before attending screenings. No walk-ins can be permitted under any circumstances, so please register to avoid disappointment. Registration forms will only open two weeks prior to the film's screening date, and will close at 12 PM on the day of the screening. **


Towards the end of the 19th century, predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan, and Persia were shipped to Australia by the British to traverse our vast, punishing deserts in service of the inland pastoral industry. Along the way, these ‘Ghan’ cameleers formed unique bonds with local Aboriginal people and the land – a history that has mostly been forgotten today, and which this film aims to illuminate in the form of a good, old-fashioned revisionist Western.

In 1897, amidst the gold rush of Western Australia, one such young cameleer (Ahmed Malek) wants nothing more than to escape his harsh existence and return home. By chance, he meets and forms an unlikely alliance with a mysterious and injured bushman (David Wenham), on the run with two stolen 400oz gold bars.

Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant (Jay Ryan) 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 and secure their respective futures.