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