The world is kind of whizzing past me in a wild flurry of activity and I am desperately trying to keep a hold on everything and remain positive, polite and jovial. Enjoy the ride Barb...remember you said you were going to enjoy the ride? says the voice in the back of my mind. And then the voice in the front of my mind says, what are you bloody well doing lollygagging about when Christmas is coming in twenty days? You aren't even close to ready for this!
And I am constantly fighting between these two state of being at the moment, one is a state of blissful acceptance and joyful meandering and the other is a state of slight concern and mild panic. I say mild panic because I am not actually freaking out, but I do know that things are starting to mount up around me and that I am having to try my best to eliminate any clutter as it occurs so that it doesn't get too hectic. However, this need to eliminate the clutter as soon as possible has also caused another condition to occur; the 'too many balls in the air' condition that plagues everyone at some point around the silly season. Curses on the balls I say, I don't want balls to keep in the air, I want a blissful ride!
Unfortunately, most of these said 'balls' have just arrived of their own volition and have not been of my own making at all, and this entire experience has swiftly reminded me that no matter how good my intentions may have been to remain all zen and joyful on the road to Christmas, that the rest of the world is not always sharing that sentiment with me and that poses a pretty big challenge to my plans. Every year I tell myself to slow down and enjoy the ride and every year it gets harder and harder to follow through with that idea because everyone else seems to be stressing out around me.
It can be really hard to find enough down time at this time of the year as well, which means that I don't get nearly enough time on the yoga mat, the hiking tracks or the meditation pillow and that generally means that I am not really operating at my most tolerant levels either; and when you go and smash that together with every other pre-Christmas concern and 55 very tired foundation students a day...well, you know where this is going...not to a very zen like place that's for sure.
However, as I said it is only slight concern and mild panic at this point, certainly nothing that I cannot manage and considering some of the side balls that I have had tossed at me over the last week, I think that I am actually doing okay. Got a whole new mantra going and everything:
Enjoy the ride Barb...enjoy the ride!
Release Date: 2017
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 105 mins
A post-apocalyptic zombie thriller directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke. Cargo is based on a short film of the same name that was written by Ramke. The short made the finals at Tropfest in 2013 and was later adapted into a full length feature film. After premiering at the Adelaide Film Festival in October of 2017 it was released worldwide on Netflix in 2018.
When Andy' s (Martin Freeman) wife (Susie Porter) becomes infected with a deadly virus whilst they are stranded in rural Australia, Andy is suddenly left alone to care for his baby daughter in a formidable place full of flesh-eating zombies and ransacked outposts.
Martin Freeman is definitely a strength to the storyline here, delivering genuine levels of intense concern for the duration. Anthony Hayes is also great and offers a disturbing depiction of an apocalyptic opportunist, Simone Landers is terrific as Thoomi the surviving youngster and David Gulpilil brings enough eerie, silent intensity for everyone on set.
The Australian outback creates a bleak and formidable backdrop to the overall feel of the film and the incredibly enduring indigenous communities that are depicted here are one of the things that I enjoyed most about the movie. This is a really good Australian horror movie that maintains a certain level of humanity within its rather unpleasant storyline, which is so often missing from the zombie horror genre.
FINAL SAY: They need the dark to hibernate.
3.5 Chilli Peppers