‘He is her only hope and her greatest threat’
Cargo is a 2017 Australian science fiction horror film directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling from a screenplay by Ramke. Starring Martin Freeman, the film depicts a desperate father’s attempt to protect his one-year-old daughter from a zombie pandemic. It is based on the 2013 short film Cargo by the same filmmakers. Martin Freeman stars.
In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy and Kay have holed up on a houseboat with their one-year-old daughter, Rosie. Their protected river existence is shattered by a violent attack, which sees Kay tragically die and Andy infected.
Left with only 48 hours before he transforms into one of the creatures they have fought so long to evade, Andy sets out on a precarious journey to find a new guardian for his child.
A flourishing Aboriginal tribe are Rosie’s best chance of survival – but with their merciless attitude toward the afflicted, they also pose a grave threat. A young indigenous girl becomes Andy’s only chance of safe passage into this sacred community.
Unfortunately, the girl has no desire to return to her people – she is on a quest to cure her own infected father by returning his stolen soul. Each in their own way is seeking salvation… but they will need to work together if they hope to achieve it.
” …Freeman’s usual everyman persona is given a significant showcase, proving the key to the film’s emotional impact. Landers impresses in her screen debut, and the duo’s initially tentative, eventually warm rapport also makes a fitting cultural statement. If human resilience remains paramount in zombie films, Cargo goes a step further; here, recognising and redressing the divisive mistakes of the past is more important than merely surviving.” Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
“Freeman leads an excellent cast, taking his unlikely trajectory as a leading man and focusing all of his energy on a singular goal […] What Ramke and Howling manage to do is use our familiarity with the tropes and continue to ramp up the tension until we get to the inevitable but powerful conclusion. The result is a showcase for original Australian stories, and one of the most remarkable new takes on the genre.” Richard Gray, The Reel Bits
- Martin Freeman – Ghost Stories; Hot Fuzz; Shaun of the Dead
- David Gulpilil
- Anthony Hayes
- Caren Pistorius
- Susie Porter
- Simone Landers