Revelation Film Festival 2014

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November Australian Revelations: Lake Mungo

Dir: Joel Anderson
Year: 2008
Duration: 89mins

Mon Nov 28th
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Buy tickets here

Australia has consistently produced genre films of an extraodinarily high quality - Wolf Creek, Road Games, Mad Max and more recently Boys in the Trees. Nestled right there in the middle is Joel Anderson's excellent and spooky tale Lake Mungo. Criminally neglected, it's a great pleasure for us to bring this picture to local audiences for Australian Revelations. 

Receiving universally excellent reviews on its release, perhaps it's our old mate and one-time SBS (now ABC) reviewer Simon Foster:

"Deceptively simple in its construct and smashingly scary, Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo is a twisting supernatural mystery of international standing, despite its very-Australian suburban milieu."

"The unfamiliar faces of the cast and the interview-style device via which the story unfolds add immeasurably to the nerve-jangling suspense Anderson creates. His patience as a storyteller and skill in framing the action so as to maximise his spooky intent, announces him as must-watch director in years to come."

"The tragic accidental drowning of teenager Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) during a family outing devastates father Russell (a stoic David Pledger), mother June (Rosie Traynor) and brother Matthew (Martin Sharpe). The discovery of the body days later should provide sad closure for the family, but unexplained occurrences begin to torment the Palmers as they struggle to rebuild their lives."

"Tormented by faith, grief and a sense of misplaced hope that Alice may be trying to contact them, the Palmers set up cameras to record night time activity (providing truly terrifying moments) and stage a séance with local psychic Ray Kemeny (Steve Jodrell). "

"As the secret life of Alice Palmer becomes clear and the course of events that led to her death more devastating, Anderson’s film moves from its effectively gripping ghost story premise into a rather sad exploration of an exploited, depressed teenage girl. A series of final reel twists ensure the shock quota is high, both viscerally and dramatically. And don’t deny yourself the film’s final creepy images – stay for the credits.

"Anderson’s boldest and most triumphant directorial decision was to film Lake Mungo as a documentary. Eliciting wonderfully naturalistic performances from his key cast, the interview-style approach, single-note delivery and use of flashback imagery reminds one of Errol Morris’ landmark factual-film The Thin Blue Line (1988). As if The Sixth Sense had met Dateline, the 'investigative-journalism’ ploy gives weight to the genre machinations and a truly chilling realism to the ghostly manifestations."

"If Anderson’s inspiration is occasionally obvious, the execution of his ideas is sublime. He intercuts grainy video footage, photo manipulation and mobile phone technology (in a moment that raised a cinema full of bums off their seats at last year’s Sydney Film Festival screening), the young director has created a nerve-rattler unlike any film the Australian industry has produced."

Mon Nov 28th
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Buy tickets here


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