16 year old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. A verdict of accidental death is made and her family buries her. What follows is a series of strange events in and around their home as the mystery of their daughter's life and death deepens.
Lake Mungo uses a mockumentary style of filmmaking with actors in the place of interviewees telling the story. This clip is a good example of the genre. Actor David Pledger, as the father, gives a convincing performance as someone relating an incident as if it had actually happened. The story is then expanded upon by his onscreen partner with a friend giving his opinion. The dialogue seems adlibbed, giving it an effective, naturalistic feeling. Direction is kept very simple so we can concentrate on the storytelling. The result is compelling.