|Thu 4th Mar:||7:00pm|
Bendigo Historical Society fundraiser. All tix $20.
Thursday March 4: 6.30pm doors, 7 pm film, The Furnace.
All welcome – bookings directly through Star Cinema on 5446 2025.
Genre: History, Western. Dir: Roderick MacKay. Country: Australia.
Set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia, THE FURNACE 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 – 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 (David Wenham). 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.