Howl­ing’s film de­but

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FOR­MER Coffs Har­bour mul­ti­me­dia stu­dent Ben Howl­ing has co-di­rected the lat­est postapoc­a­lyp­tic fea­ture film to hit in­ter­na­tional screens, Cargo.

Howl­ing, who stud­ied a Bach­e­lor of Mul­ti­me­dia at South­ern Cross Univer­sity, has di­rected the film along­side Yolanda Ramke.

The film stars English ac­tor Martin Free­man, of The Hob­bit and Sher­lock fame, as well as house­hold names An­thony Hayes (An­i­mal King­dom, Rab­bit Proof Fence), Susie Porter (Pu­berty Blues) and Caren Pis­to­rius (Off­spring).

Set in the Out­back, the zom­bie thriller is based on the ac­claimed short film of the same name by the duo, which went vi­ral on YouTube in 2013.

The film fol­lows the jour­ney of Andy (Martin Free­man) as he at­tempts to find a new guardian for his daugh­ter be­fore he turns into a zom­bie, af­ter his wife bit him, in­fect­ing him with the virus.

Talk­ing ahead of the film’s re­lease, Howl­ing re­vealed he and Ramke met while work­ing on Big Brother 10 years ago and he has also pro­duced episodes of The X Fac­tor and The Project.

Howl­ing also di­rected a Tropfest short film, The Pup­pet, with fel­low SCU alumni Dan Cooper.

“We wanted to find our own unique take on a zom­bie story,” Howl­ing said. “The im­age of a zom­bie with a baby on its back was provoca­tive.”

The film, the first Aus­tralian Net­flix orig­i­nal, will be re­leased in cin­e­mas on Thurs­day and on Net­flix on Fri­day.

Photo: Screen NSW

ZOM­BIE THRILLER: Ben Howl­ing (right) with co-di­rec­tor Yolanda Ramke on the set of post-apoc­a­lyp­tic fea­ture film Cargo.

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