The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing
Scene from The Lost Thing

The 2011 Festival of the Moving Image is pleased to present The Lost Thing, winner of the 2011 Academy Awards Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

The Lost Thing is an animated short film based on the book by the same name by noted children's author Shaun Tan. It is directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Tan.

In it, a boy finds a strange creature on a beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.

The Trailer

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan - Self Portrait

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class.

He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honors in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.