Lake Mungo

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Joel Anderson
Production: After Dark Films
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
R
Year:
2008
87 min
Website
95 Views

I feel like something bad

is gonna happen to me.

I feel like something bad

has happened.

It hasn't reached me yet

but it's on its way.

I don't know why

it's important...

...like, how it helps people

to deal with loss...

...by making up stories

about ghosts or whatever.

Alice kept secrets.

She kept the fact

she kept secrets a secret.

It's hard for some people

to understand.

You've to believe

you're to blame...

...otherwise there's

nothing to hold on to.

Emergency services.

My daughter Alice

has gone. We need...

She's been missing.

Send someone up.

I need you to talk

to me for a second.

Can you hear me?

The normally tranquil setting

of Ararat's novel dam...

...was shattered

with the disappearance...

...of 1 6 year-old

Alice Palmer...

...while picnicking.

We received a call

around 6 p.m. tonight...

...over a missing girl.

Upon discovering the nature

of the situation...

...we called in the search

and rescue divers.

Police divers entered

the water around 1 0...

...with volunteers joining

a fruitless search.

They'd swum out

to the middle of the dam.

I could see them

from where I was sitting...

...in the picnic area.

I think I'd been

in the water 1 5 min...

...and I said I'd get out

because I was cold.

So l started swimming back and

she didn't come out with me...

...she said she'd stay there.

l remember Matty got out.

A few minutes later

l heard him ask...

...where was Alice.

So l stood up and

looked out across the dam.

The water was

completely still.

So I called out.

I looked out

over the water...

...to see if I could see her.

And both the boys had

kind of checked...

...you know,

the bush land behind.

l could see Alice's towel.

She'd left it on the ground.

She clearly hadn't gone

out of the water...

...because she would've

picked up her towel.

That was the last time

that l saw her.

Police continue to hold

their search...

...for 1 6 year-old

Alice Palmer...

...who disappeared while

picnicking with her family.

We were told to go home.

lf the search and rescue

divers found anything...

...then they'd let us know

immediately.

It felt very strange

in the car on the way home...

...because there was

one empty seat.

One minute she was there

and then...

...gone.

I went back to stay

with the Palmer's that night.

We were just mostly waiting.

Waiting for news...

...and for bad news.

There was that expectation.

We got a call from Russell

on his mobile...

...at about 9 o'clock at night.

He said there'd been

an accident at the dam...

...and Alice had gone missing.

So, we thought...

...we'd better go.

l remember June was

a bit funny...

...about seeing lris.

There was a strange

feeling between them.

lt felt a little strange

having my mother there.

Mum, l and,

therefore, Alice.

It just didn't feel like

the right order of things.

It was an awful,

awful night.

Worse night of our lives.

I went into Alice's room

later that night.

Her phone went off

a couple of times...

...but I didn't answer it.

I remember the bed

was made.

I remember thinking

how neat everything looked.

I got a call from

Alice's mum, June.

She'd said that Alice

was missing...

...and presumed

that she drowned.

l did not believe her...

...but, I don't know,

it was hard to take...

...so I actually called

Alice's mobile.

l just...

l wanted to see if it was

a joke or something.

A real shock.

Just didn't really feel

like it was real.

Everything was the same

as always...

...but people were saying

that Alice had drowned.

Are there memories from

that night stand out for you?

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Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson (born February 11, 1960) is a California politician and Republican member of the California State Senate. He represents the 38th Senate District. Anderson is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving as California state leader. He is also known for violating campaign finance laws in 2009. more…

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