Directed by: Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan
Running Time: 15:00
Release Date: 2010
Technique: CG
Produced by: Sophie Byrne

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A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it.

Additional Notes

Written by: Shaun Tan
Music by: Michael Yezerski

Director's Quote:
Andrew Ruhemann:

"It stood apart from all the other books at the fair with its unique and striking visuals and the whimsy and underlying melancholy of the narrative. I was immediately drawn to it and could see it adapting beautifully into film. To me the film is a kind of poem to all the 'lost things' in this world, and beyond, to everybody and everything that desperately wants to find somewhere to belong."

Shaun Tan:

"As a director of the animated adaptation of 'The Lost Thing', my approach has basically been that of faithfully translating the ideas and aesthetics of the book into the medium of film. I had actually always envisioned the series of paintings that comprise the book as 'stills' from an imaginary film, hence a certain cinematic or theatrical quality to the way the characters and landscapes are framed, illuminated and laid out upon the page."

All Images: © Screen Australia, Passion Pictures Australia Pty Ltd.