GenreShort, Drama, Fantasy ScreenplayYolanda Ramke WriterYolanda Ramke LanguageEnglish
Yolanda Ramke Release date17 February 2013 (2013-02-17) (Tropfest) DirectorsYolanda Ramke, Ben Howling CastYolanda Ramke, Andy Rodoreda, Alison Gallagher, Kallan Richards, Ruth Venn, Effron Heather, Scott Wood ProducersYolanda Ramke, Ben Howling, Marcus Newman, Daniel Foeldes
Cargo is a 2013 Australian short film directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, written by Ramke, and starring Andy Rodoreda as a father who must protect his young daughter (Ruth Venn) during a zombie apocalypse. It was made for the Tropfest short film festival, where it was a finalist. It went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube, and it was featured on many web sites.
After a car crash knocks him unconscious, a man wakes up to find that his wife has died and turned into a zombie. He leaves the car, grabs his young daughter from the rear, and realizes that his wife bit him while he was unconscious. After an emotional goodbye to his wife, he sets off to find survivors.
Knowing that he does not have much time left before he turns into a zombie, he puts his daughter in a baby sling, binds his hands to a pole, and attaches carrion to the end of the pole. After he collapses, he rises again as a zombie, and, drawn by the lure of the carrion on the pole, continues his journey. Drawn by a balloon that he attached to himself, a sniper shoots down the man, and several survivors approach on foot. Two male survivors beckon their companion to join them in digging a grave for the man, but the female survivor investigates further, eventually finding the baby.
Andy Rodoreda as Father
Ruth Venn as Rosie, the father's baby daughter
Yolanda Ramke as Survivor
Alison Gallagher as Mother
Kallan Richards as Survivor
Effron Heather as Survivor
Scott Wood as Sniper
Cargo was made for the Tropfest short film festival, where it was a finalist. After its release, it went viral and attracted millions of views on YouTube.
Cargo was featured on Die Zeit, The Week, CNET, IGN, Film School Rejects, and Bloody Disgusting.
Cargo was remade as a 2017 feature length film starring Martin Freeman.