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Lake Mungo (2008)

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Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

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Joel Anderson

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Joel Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosie Traynor ... June Palmer
David Pledger David Pledger ... Russell Palmer
Martin Sharpe ... Mathew Palmer
Talia Zucker ... Alice Palmer
Tania Lentini Tania Lentini ... Georgie Ritter
Cameron Strachan Cameron Strachan ... Leith Ritter
Judith Roberts Judith Roberts ... Iris Long
Robin Cuming Robin Cuming ... Garret Long
Marcus Costello Marcus Costello ... Jason Whittle
Chloe Armstrong Chloe Armstrong ... Kim Whittle
Carole Patullo Carole Patullo ... Sargent Drouin
John Dunn John Dunn ... Funeral Director
Laurie Dunn Laurie Dunn ... Funeral Director
Kirsty McDonald Kirsty McDonald ... Genevieve Trudeau
James Lawson James Lawson ... Frederick Rosskamp
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Sixteen-year-old ALICE PALMER drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, RAY KEMENY. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story. Written by Georgie Nevile

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If you've never seen a ghost... Look closer.


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Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and brief gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jezero Mungo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ararat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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| (European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mentioned briefly by Red Letter Media in the September 2017 episode of "Half in the Bag: Episode 131 - IT (1990) IT (2017)" See more »

Goofs

A promotional poster for The Beatles' album "Love" is on the wall in the background of a photo of Alice (59 minutes and 30 seconds). "Love" was released in November of 2006. Alice died in December of 2005. See more »

Quotes

Kim Whittle: Alice kept secrets.She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.
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Referenced in The Andrew Klavan Show: Blaming Harvey's Victims (2017) See more »

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Ulysses
Written by Fernando Corona
Performed by Murcof
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Would be interesting, if only it were real.
27 August 2011 | by KillahKittySee all my reviews

I'm a fan of mockumentarys and also horrors, so recently I have been ploughing through what this interesting sub-genre has to offer. There were a number of middling to good reviews, so I was expecting this to be promising (maybe a little too much).

It plays very much like a real exploratory documentary, so as a result is very believable, helped in part by convincing acting and scripting (I assume this was mostly scripted, which in itself is unusual for this sub-genre - but must have a significant level of scripting due to the factual based story telling).

However, that being said, I do have a number of issues that prevent me from classifying this as a good film. It's marketed as a supernatural horror. Supernatural? Sure. Horror - definitely not. I'm normally adept at appreciating subtle horror over stabby stabby boogie man style horrors, but this was too much edging on the lightweight. There are a number of stills represented that go towards depicting a ghost, but this is the extend of the 'horror' element. There is nothing actually showing the physical effects of a haunting that normally work in getting the viewers hair to stand up.

There are a number of people here referring to twist and turns to the plot & a characters dark secret- so I was expecting the pace to not only pick up, but take a difference course. This doesn't happen unfortunately - and in fact there are no real twists, only a developing storyline. It can be quite disappointing when you go the lenght of a film waiting for a revelation for it not to appear - or at least not to the extent you were lead to believe.

I think the main crux of this being that the story is based in a normal, relatively happy middle class teenager - so there is nothing about the ghost that is sinister or potentially threatening. I think this is where the film fails to me - storyline and acting is so heavily focused on producing a real genuine, organic film (which it successfully does)- that is misses the effect and emotions that a film of this type should be aiming for. If this were a real documentary on TV reporting actual events, I think I would be gripped, but in reality where this was from a planned, scripted process - there were a number of opportunities I think they missed out on here.


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