A first look image of Emmy and BAFTA award winning actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Black Panther, Sherlock, Fargo) in CARGO has been released. The Australian set zombie film (of sorts) hits screens in 2017, but an early look has been released by the film’s producers.
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected man desperately seeks a new guardian for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature. 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.
Continuing a year of genre films in Australia, Freeman stars alongside Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard – Best Actor winner David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, Storm Boy), Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom, The Light Between Oceans, upcoming War Machine), Caren Pistorius (Slow West, Offspring, The Light Between Oceans), Susie Porter (Puberty Blues, Better Than Sex, Little Fish) and newcomer Simone Landers.
The script was written by Yolanda Ramke, who is co-directing with Ben Howling. Causeway Films producers Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) are working alongside Addictive Pictures’ Russell Ackermann and John Schoenfelder, with Mark Patterson attached as South Australian producer.
The short film upon which the film is based was a finalist in Tropfest 2013 and subsequently has become the most watched film on the festivals YouTube channel, attracting more than 10 million views. You can check it out below.