Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From book to film

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing
The Lost Thing, © Passion Pictures Australia & Screen Australia.

Tuesday 16 July 2013 - Sunday 19 January 2014
Open daily 10am-5pm
Free entry

Set in a city overrun by bureaucracy, Shaun Tan's picture book The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who befriends a strange creature that doesn't appear to fit in any of the available pigeon holes.

Melbourne-based production company Passion Pictures Australia invited Shaun to direct an animated version of The Lost Thing. Several years later, the Oscar®-winning short film emerged.

This exhibition features Shaun's exquisite original drawings and working sketches alongside exclusive footage of the animators and sound artists, demonstrating how the drawings were brought to life on screen with movement, sound effects, music and narration.

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As part of our 'Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing' exhibition, you're invited to help us construct a fantastical gallery of Utopia filled with drawings of your own Lost Thing.

Shaun Tan Exhibition Guide Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing Exhibition Guide [PDF 159KB]
Download this accompaniment to the exhibition featuring full credits and an interview with Shaun Tan.

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing Education Program

A program of educational events and resources designed to complement our 'Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing' exhibition.

Presented in association with Shaun Tan, Passion Pictures Australia and Books Illustrated. Proudly supported by Readings.
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