Yolanda Ramke is an award-winning screenwriter and director. 

In 2013, Yolanda wrote, performed in and co-directed (alongside Ben Howling) the short film, Cargo. A viral success, it garnered over 20 million views on YouTube, rave reviews from pop culture sites such as Short Of The Week, Upworthy, BuzzFeed, Devour and i09, and an international festival run (including several Academy Award® accredited events).

In 2015, Yolanda's screenplay for the feature adaptation of Cargo was announced as the inaugural winner of the AUSTRALIANS IN FILM Gateway LA Script Prize, topping the Aussie List (Australia's answer to the Hollywood Black List). That same year, she secured her first AUSTRALIAN WRITER'S GUILD (AWGIE) and AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR'S GUILD (ADG) nominations for the short film, Cold Hearts, which she co-wrote, co-directed and performed in with Danielle Baynes. 

Yolanda made her feature directing debut in 2016 alongside Howling with their expanded take on Cargo, produced by AACTA® award-winner Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) and Samantha Jennings (CAUSEWAY FILMS), Mark Patterson, and US producers Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder (ADDICTIVE PICTURES). The film stars BAFTA® and Emmy Award® winning actor, Martin Freeman, and premiered internationally at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. It is currently available on NETFLIX in 190 territories around the world, and blazed a trail as the first Australian Netflix Original feature film. 

In 2018, Yolanda won her first AUSTRALIAN WRITER'S GUILD (AWGIE) award for Cargo in the Feature Film - Adaptation category. She has since been nominated for her first AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) award for Best Adapted Screenplay, with the project also scoring four other nominations, including Best Film.

 

Cargo was nominated for five AUSTRALIAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AFCA) awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography), three FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA (FCCA) awards (Best Film, Best Actor Best Supporting Actress), and two FANGORIA CHAINSAW awards (Best First Feature Best Supporting Actress). 

 

In 2019, Yolanda travelled to Vancouver to co-direct two episodes of The Haunting Of Bly Manor, the follow-up to hit NETFLIX series, The Haunting Of Hill House. Created by director / showrunner Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep, Gerald's Game), the second series will launch in 2020.

 

Yolanda is currently developing Troppo, an 8-part crime thriller for the ABC based on the novel Crimson Lake by Candice Fox; and Ghosting, a supernatural mystery series (co-created with Ben Howling) for Automatik Entertainment and Topic Studios in the US. 

Yolanda is represented by CAA and Grandview in the US, and RGM Artists in Australia. 

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