Cargo, the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, was originally a short film made for the Tropfest film festival in 2013 that ended up going viral on Youtube. The feature has recently finished production and the studio has released a new still from the film, which stars Martin Freeman (Captain America: Civil War, The Hobbit) as a father carrying his child across the Australian planes.
As well as Freeman, the film will also star Anthony Hayes (War Machine), Susie Porter (Pulse), Caren Pistorius (The Light Between Oceans), Kris McQuade (Ned Kelly), David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country) and newcomer Simone Landers.
Kristina Ceyton, who also produced the 2014 psychological horror The Babadook, will now produce Cargo, and will be joined by Russell Ackerman, Samantha Jennings and Mark Patterson.
The film’s synopsis reads:
“…a father who, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and, infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.”
This was later updated to include:
“Salvation may lie with an isolated Aboriginal tribe, but to gain access he must first earn the allegiance of a young Indigenous girl on a tragic quest of her own.”
Cargo looks to be a unique take on the zombie pandemic genre. Its small cast and beautiful setting look to be the key take-away features of the film. The short clip below showcases the stunning Australian landscape in the movie as Freeman makes his way across the desert.
Cargo comes out June 8th 2018.