Status - Post-Production

Studio - Valhalla Productions

Director - Darrell James Roodt

Producers - Andre Frauenstein, Samuel Frauenstein

Screenplay - Darrell James Roodt

Genre - Adventure/Inspiration

Language - English

Anticipated Release Date - Q2 2019


When a car accident strips a runner of both her husband’s life and the use of a lung, only one thing can restore her faith: Run. In Africa.

The fit and fierce Mary Harris could not have been happier, marrying her running partner, Matt. Until a truck hits their car.

A year later, Mary is all but incapacitated by both the loss of her husband, and the use of one lung. Forced to wheel around an oxygen cylinder, Mary no longer feels the joy that running once brought her.

A grave digger, named Coffin (a nickname easier to say than his African name), notices the haunted, angry woman.

He shares with her the story of his own loss, and his qualification as a doctor. Mary agrees to let this wise gravedigger train her, despite her stubbourn outlook.

The Furnace is the extraordinary story of just what it takes to heal yourself, and restore your faith. For Mary, it’s an ultramarathon through the harsh African bushveld.


Jamie Bernadette

Laura Linn

Luthuli Dlamini

Armand Aucamp

Thandi Puren

Target Audience




60% Female, 40% Male


Nominated as Best Feature Film: RHIFF 2018 (Ireland)