"As first reported in Screen International, Netflix swooped for the worldwide rights to this zombie thriller from the producers of The Babadook last year in a multi-million-dollar deal. The film is Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s collaborative debut, and is based on their short film from 2013, which garnered 12 million views online. Martin Freeman stars as a father who is stranded in rural Australia with only 48 hours to find a new home for his baby daughter, after being infected in the wake of a violent pandemic. It’s the first Australian film to sit under Netflix’s Originals banner."
"First-time feature film-makers (and co-directors) Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling extend a clever, viral Tropfest short film into a fully fledged zombie movie with a surprising amount of soul and pathos. Martin Freeman stars as a father determined to find a carer for his infant daughter before he transforms into the undead, traversing a treacherous semi-dystopian landscape. Howling and Ramke turn what could have been a rote genre exercise into a genuinely scary film about the fear of losing our land, ourselves and our loved ones".
Cold Hearts, a short film co-written, co-directed by and co-starring Yolanda Ramke and Danielle Baynes will have it's Australian premiere at the Academy Award® accredited Flickerfest International Short Film Festival on January 16th at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Pitted against the harsh terrain of Australia’s Snowy Mountains, two colonial women haul a coffin to its final resting place, only to be confronted with a deadly surprise upon reaching their destination.
"[Martin] Freeman embraces his role wholeheartedly, delivering an emotionally charged performance which perfectly captures the strength, fear and vulnerability of his multifaceted character... [Simone] Landers handles the emotional and physical demands of her character with a maturity beyond her years, delivering a performance that is both heartbreaking and uplifting... Cargo is an expertly crafted visual feast which tugs at your heart strings from start to finish."
"Cargo is a very strong, at times stirring achievement: a zombie film with soul and pathos. The living dead are frightening again, not because of jump scares, surprise attacks or haunted house style shenanigans, but because they remind us of truly terrifying things: losing ourselves, and our loved ones."
- The Guardian
"Pitting Martin Freeman against the undead in the Australian outback, Cargo may take a bite out of a teeming genre, but it does so with heart, smarts and some weighty matters on its mind. As the film’s star once again tramples across a vast expanse of land — albeit in rather different circumstances to The Hobbit trilogy — first-time feature director duo Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke turn a zombie pandemic into a musing on parental love, environmental destruction and the nation’s cultural disharmonies."
- Screen Daily
"A terrific spin on the 'zombie' movie, weaving traditional Aboriginal narratives into an unforgiving landscape for an experience that's truly unique... 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."
- The Reel Bits
A zombie film with a difference will premiere at Adelaide Film Festival this week before going global on Netflix.
- Broadsheet Melbourne
Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s debut feature Cargo – dubbed a ‘zombie tearjerker’ – will make its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.
- Inside Film
Screen NSW presents the queen of the film review, Margaret Pomeranz, in a lively discussion with a panel of genre filmmakers, including Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, the team from Guerilla Films that brought us the hit horror flick Wyrmwood, Yolanda Ramke, the co-director of upcoming feature, Cargo, and the producer of critically acclaimed film Killing Ground, Lisa Shaunessy.
The 2013 Tropfest short film Cargo may not have won the festival’s top prize – a garish fake fruit bowl – but Hollywood agents offered directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke something even better: their own feature film, buoyed by an international star.
- The Guardian
Yolanda Ramke is an award-winning screenwriter, director and actor who's forged a career through short film successes. Her acclaimed short film Cargo, which she wrote, performed in and co-directed with Ben Howling is now being released as a feature. Cargo will mark Yolanda's feature co-directing debut alongside Howling.
- Screen NSW
Screen Australia approves development funding for WWII adaptation 'Zero Night', to be written by Yolanda Ramke for Essential Media
Co-Writers Yolanda Ramke & Danielle Baynes Earn Australian Writer's Guild (AWGIE) Nomination For Short Film, 'Cold Hearts'