Netflix Streaming Cargo In May

In December 2013, we ran a short film from Australia about a father, his infant daughter, and the zombie apocalypse. It’s a beautiful film, and was also selected by Cinequest to run in the “Mindbenders” program a few months later. As occasionally happens, a short film has an idea so good that someone wants to turn it into a feature, and so that short “Cargo” has become a full-length film starring Martin Freeman, directed by the short’s original creators, Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke.

The first trailer has been released, and you can tell from it that, naturally, the story has been greatly expanded upon. Which means as perfect as “Cargo” the short is,¬†Cargo¬†will have a lot more twists and turns, and I’m holding out for more hope. With a little more detail, we are thrown into a world where the zombie virus incubates for 48 hours, so victims might have a chance to set their affairs in order. The main conflict remains the same, but there’s so much more, really using the Australian setting to its advantage.

Cargo will be released internationally on May 17, 2018, with Netflix streaming it in the US on May 18. I’m marking time on my calendar now.

About Derek McCaw
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at