Back in 2013, two Australian directors named Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling submitted their short film Cargoto the Tropfest film festival. The short went viral online and has over 14 million views. Cargo is an emotional survival story set in the wilderness of Australia during an apocalyptic event. It follows a father in dire circumstances and his will to keep his infant daughter safe, and time is not on his side. Because of the success of their short, Yolanda and Ben adapted it into a feature length film starring Martin Freeman. The film takes the powerful story of the short and runs with it, making a truly unique apocalyptic drama. The film was picked up by Netflix and released on May 18thworldwide. After getting to see the film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, I had the chance to talk to Yolanda and Ben about how their beloved short blossomed into a feature length film.
Tyler considers himself to be a true lover of movies and the magic that goes into making them. He spends most of his free time watching and absorbing film and television. From a very young age, film was an escape and an adventure that Tyler could never get enough of. Throughout his high school years he had the honor of working on an award winning independent short film, hosting a film reviewing segment on a public access station, working at two movie theaters, and attending a film festival as a young journalist for his cousin’s local paper. He is the one person that would never turn down going to a theater or staying home and watching a movie and talking about it immediately after. Tyler’s goal in life is to one day be one of the great writers and directors of the entertainment industry like his hero Steven Spielberg.