Cargo began life in 2013 as a short film for the Tropfest competition. It was a finalist, didn’t win anything, but it did earn a spot on the Tropfest YouTube channel. It then became a huge hit with more than 14.4 million views, which lead to serious attention from Hollywood.
While in Melbourne to promote the film, directors Yolanda Ramke, who wrote both versions of Cargo, and Ben Howling sat down for a good chat about the film and the trials of making a feature in the fickle outback.
They also discuss the remarkable deal they made with Netflix, which released the film on its hugely popular streaming service everywhere but Australia, where it will become available after its theatrical and DVD run.