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.
Southern Light Films, Meaning Maker, The Koop
The Furnace, set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia, 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, 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 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.
Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia
on the Traditional Country of the Yamatji Badimia, Yamatji Nanda & Noongar Whadjuk peoples
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Writer & Director
Gary (Curly) Bonney
Goran D. Kleut
Umbrella Entertainment (ANZ)
Arclight Films International (ROW)
Key WA Crew
Director of Photography
Lisa Gunning Galea
1st Assistant Director
2nd Assistant Director
Hair & Make Up Designer
Post Production Facility
Post Sound Facility
Filming in Mount Magnet
“Filming in Western Australia was a unique experience for me…
“I’d never seen landscape like that in my life. There were moments when I’d just look around and feel so grateful.”
– Ahmed Malek, Actor (Hanif)
“What really made this film possible was the local support we received.
“The Mount Magnet community were so welcoming, helpful and accomodating of our weird, wonderful and sometimes last minute requests.
“Perhaps more importantly, we felt the community were aligned with our desire to show off the region and share a part of our history for Australian and international audiences to enjoy.”
– Tenille Kennedy, Producer