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Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From Book To Film

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About the exhibition

Based on the best-selling picture book, and Oscar®-winning short film, this exhibition explores how Shaun Tan adapted his unique graphic storytelling style into an animated film.

Following the book’s sequencing, the exhibition follows the story narrative through film clips, original artwork and objects, production images and interviews.

Set in a city overrun by bureaucracy, 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 pigeonholes. Working with Melbourne-based production company Passion Pictures Australia, see how Tan’s drawings are brought to life on screen with movement, sound effects, music and narration.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

"I'm absolutely delighted that this exhibition will travel to a wider audience, especially in regional areas. It's a further opportunity for people to see all the thinking and playfulness that goes on behind the scenes of a deceptively 'short' film such as The Lost Thing, and production material that can be considered a creative work in its own right. I couldn't hope for a better presentation either, masterfully crafted by the team at ACMI in a way that's sure to fascinate adults and children equally." – Shaun Tan

Touring venues:

  • Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, QLD 
    28 Feb - 20 May 2015
  • Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, QLD 
    30 May  - 12 July 2015
  • Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg, QLD 
    14 Aug - 11 Oct 2015
  • Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, VIC 
    28 Nov - 14 Feb 2016
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW 
    5 March - 24 April 2016
  • New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW 
    6 May - 24 July 2016
  • Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA 
    6 Aug - 25 Sept 2016
  • Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA 
    7 Oct - 26 Nov 2016
  • Albury LibraryMuseum, Albury, NSW 
    10 Dec 2016 - 22 Jan 2017
  • Cairns Gallery, Cairns, QLD 
    4 Feb - 16 April 2017
  • Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD 
    5 May - 2 July 2015

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