Lotterywest Films

The Furnace

The Furnace Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec Lotterywest Films, Somerville Auditorium Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec Lotterywest Films, Somerville Auditorium $10 - $19
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Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec at Lotterywest Films, Somerville Auditorium, from $10 - $19

'An engrossing story … unfolding across the ruggedly beautiful desert landscapes of Western Australia.’


We open our season with an enthralling Western Australian frontier story. The Furnace tells of a little-known chapter in colonial history, unfolding across the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of Yamatji Badimia and Nanda Country – Mount Magnet to Kalbarri.

It’s 1897 and the Gold Rush is in full swing. Across the colony ‘Ghan’ cameleers operate a transport service, often relying on Indigenous locals for direction and assistance. One young Afghan cameleer (Ahmed Malek) is desperate to escape this harsh existence and return home. He partners with a mysterious bushman (David Wenham) on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars. Together they 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 Furnace is an unlikely hero’s tale, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land. A powerful and significant debut feature from Roderick MacKay, this dramatic and culturally unique Western has it all – thrilling action and adventure, stunning WA vistas, brilliant performances and the uncovering of a forgotten history.

Roderick MacKay
Ahmed Malek, David Wenham, Baykall Ganambarr, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, Trevor Jamieson
Roderick MacKay
Michael McDermott, Bonnie Elliott
Merlin Eden
Timothy White, Tenille Kennedy
Mark Bradshaw
116 minutes
English, Badimaya, Pashto, Punjabi, Cantonese



Seats cannot be saved prior to gates opening at 6pm.
Any items left on seats prior to 6pm will be taken to lost property.

Picnics and BYO drinks are very welcome. There is various seating available including deck chairs, bean bags and regular chairs. There is limited seating within the venue. 

Please note, reserving seats for friends who do not have a ticket does not guarantee them entry.

It's a good idea to get to the cinema early to get your seat.

Gates open at 6pm, the film starts at 8pm. 

It's a good idea to arrive early to get seats! Limited door spots are available each night. 

Grab a 6 or 12 pack of vouchers and share the gift of an amazing cinema experience under the stars!


Yes! Entry is subject to capacity so we recommend if you are coming with a voucher to arrive early.

Don’t forget about Cheap Tuesdays!
$10 tickets for concession card holders (including Seniors and Students) when purchased at the venue.

Sit back, relax and check out our Bar Menu. In the mood for pizza? Grab a delicious pie before the film from Charlies Pizza. View the menu here.  

Also, feel free to BYO booze and picnic. 

‘The more that we can acknowledge the true history of this country, the better we will be as a nation.’ David Wenham (star of The Furnace)

The release of The Furnace is the catalyst for a 12-month social impact campaign designed in partnership with the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance. This important film offers a chance to continue the conversation about our multicultural history and to embark on our own journeys to learn more.

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance works with artists and changemakers to harness the collective impact of civic society to contribute to a more truthful, empathetic and inclusive national conversation. This work is showcased through the InVisible Ink symposium , which runs alongside Perth Festival in 2021.

If you’re keen to learn more, to continue the conversation and to take action visit the impact website and click on ‘The Furnace’. Take the pre-screening and/or post-screening surveys here.

Time & Location

Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec

Gates open 6pm | Films start 8pm

Lotterywest Films, Somerville Auditorium, UWA, 35 STIRLING HWY, CRAWLEY, WA, 6009 / Godroo



    • Adult: $19
    • Concession: $17
    • Friend: $16
    • Student: $13

English, Badimaya, Pashto, Punjabi, Cantonese with English subtitles

MA 15+

Seating by general admission.
Seats cannot be saved prior to gates opening at 6pm.
Any items left on seats prior to 6pm will be taken to lost property.
For live updates check our Instagram Stories or Twitter


Post screening Q&A 30 Nov

Join some of the creators for a Q&A after the film on 30 Nov. 


We are implementing WA Government's SafeWA contact tracing system. It is a condition of entry to register your attendance when visiting our venues. To make it easier, download the SafeWA app now via the WA Government website.

Click here to download the app. 

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