by Matthew Eeles
Ahead of the film’s availability on Netflix later in the year, audiences will be treated to the world premiere of Cargo at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.
The highly-anticipated Australian zombie film is directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling and based on the filmmakers’ Tropfest winning short film of the same name. The short has over 12 million views on YouTube which made it an attractive grab for the US streaming behemoth. Cargo has been branded as the first Australian Netflix Original film.
In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy (Martin Freeman) and Kay (Susie Porter) have holed up on a houseboat with their infant daughter, Rosie. When their peaceful river existence is shattered by a violent attack, Andy is infected and left with only 48 hours to find a new guardian for his child before he transforms into one of the creatures he has fought so hard to evade.
Accompanying the recent announcement of the film’s world premiere at AFF were a handful of new images from the film. Check them out below.
Umbrella Entertainment will release the film theatrically in Australian cinemas. An official theatrical release date is yet to be confirmed.
Directed by Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling
Written by Yolanda Ramke
Produced by Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton, Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Mark Patterson
Starring Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, Caren Pistorius, Kris McQuade, Bruce R Carter, Natasha Wanganeen, Simone Landers and David Gulpilil
He is her only hope… and greatest threat.
In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy and Kay have holed up on a houseboat with their infant daughter, Rosie. When their peaceful river existence is shattered by a violent attack, Andy is infected and left with only 48 hours to find a new guardian for his child before he transforms into one of the creatures he has fought so hard to evade. Uncovering the existence of a flourishing Aboriginal community, it quickly becomes apparent that they are Rosie’s best chance of survival – but with a merciless attitude toward the afflicted, they also pose a grave threat. As Andy’s fate becomes intertwined with that of a young Indigenous girl, he comes to view her as his safe passage into this sacred community. However, she is on her own quest. They both seek salvation…but they will need to work together if they truly hope to achieve it. Cargo is the follow up from The Babadook producer Kristina Ceyton and boasts a top-line cast including Martin Freeman and Natasha Wanganeen and David Gulpilil.
Details about the Cargo world premiere at AFF can be found here.