Feature Narrative Competition | 116 min | 2020

THE FURNACE

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About the Film

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 400-oz 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. The film premiered at the 77th Venice Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2020
Length 116 min
Language English, Badimaya, Pashto, Punjabi, Cantonese
Country Australia
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Film Credits

Director Roderick Mackay
Screenplay Roderick MacKay
Cinematography Michael McDermott
Music Mark Bradshaw
Editing Merlin Eden
Producer Timothy White, Tenille Kennedy
Production Company Southern Light Films, The Koop
Sound Design
Sound David Raines, Nick Gallagher
Cast Ahmed Malek, David Wenham, Baykali Ganambarr, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, Trevor Jamieson, Samson Coulter, Wakara Gondarra, Mahesh Jadu, Osamah Sami, Goran D Kleut

Film Contacts

Directed by: Roderick Mackay

Roderick MacKay is a writer and director from Perth, Western Australia. With a formal training in visual arts, MacKay is a highly visual storyteller. Roderick's debut feature film, The Furnace, premiered as part of the Official Selection at the 77th Venice Film Festival. The short films he both wrote and directed include Trigger (2010) and Factory 293 (2014), which received a West Australian Screen Award for editing.