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Cargo (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 May 2018 (USA)
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After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

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Yolanda Ramke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Landers ... Thoomi
Martin Freeman ... Andy
Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins ... Rosie
Lily Anne McPherson-Dobbins Lily Anne McPherson-Dobbins ... Rosie
Finlay Sjoberg Finlay Sjoberg ... Rosie
Nova Sjoberg Nova Sjoberg ... Rosie
Susie Porter ... Kay
Ella Barter Ella Barter ... River Girl
Aiden Squire Aiden Squire ... River Boy
Alexandra Schulze Alexandra Schulze ... River Mother
Andy Rodoreda ... River Father
Bruce R. Carter ... Willie
Kris McQuade ... Etta
Natasha Wanganeen ... Josie
Shannon Mckenzie Shannon Mckenzie ... Hunting Party
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After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

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He is her only hope... and greatest threat. See more »


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English | Aboriginal

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18 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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"Because we were going for that minimal look to 'The Virals', we decided to create a creepiness in other ways, with make-up and skin textures. We were looking at different things that were loved as kids growing up in films, but just the internet, finding different faces and textures and colors," said prosthetics designer Larry Van Duynhoven. See more »

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Written by Kate Ceberano (as K. Ceberano), Robert Goodge (as R. Goodge), Stephen Charlesworth (as S. Charlesworth), Ian Cox (as I. Cox), Barbara Hogarth (as B. Hogarth) & Cameron Newman (as C. Newman)
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A smart film recommended for lovers of horror and Australiana
9 May 2018 | by andrewbunneySee all my reviews

CARGO is an often tense story of a father's quest to get his infant daughter to safety, set in a post-apocalyptic Australian outback ravaged by an untreatable and highly infectious disease. A couple and their baby daughter are on a houseboat on the River Murray in South Australia, but running low on food as they are surrounded by people who have succumbed to a fast-acting disease that leaves its victims as flesh-eating, slow-moving, un-dead. Desperate to find a foster-carer for baby Rose, a glimmer of hope arrives when a young Aboriginal girl who is trying to save her own father comes on the scene.

The landscape is a spectacular mixture of red dirt scrub smoldering with spotfires, the broad river with its cliff banks and majestic rocks and the mountains of the Flinders Ranges. As well as the slow-roaming but relentless zombies who live by the well-established rules of the genre, there are occasional whitefella survivors and a fierce resistance being waged by Aboriginal people who have returned to the bush and formed safe communities.

CARGO was written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Ramke and Ben Howling with images supplied by master cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson (Shine, The Navigator, Fried Green Tomatoes). CARGO features an outstanding cast led by Brit, Martin Freeman, joined by Susie Porter, David Gulpilil, Natasha Wanganeen and luminous youngster, Simone Landers.

The theme of a deadly disease brings to mind the AIDS epidemic and also new threats such as antibiotic resistance and evolving viruses. The main theme however, is of race relations and respect for the ancient cultures of Australia's first people. The plot plays with reversals of our history to this point, but despite its intelligence and sincerity, always maintains the suspense of the horror genre.

CARGO releases in Australian cinemas on May 17 2018 while, in an Australian-first, the rest of the world will be able to stream CARGO from May 18 via NETFLIX. Cargo is recommended for lovers of horror and Australiana. 4 stars

Andrew Bunney Let's Go to the Pictures 9-11 AM Thursday 3D Radio, Adelaide 937FM & Digital Radio


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