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Shaun Tan's 'The Lost Thing' Exhibition

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Shaun Tan's 'The Lost Thing' is transformed
If you're looking for a children's book with a difference, then look no further than Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing.

Known for making current events interesting and spectacular with his flair for writing and art, Shaun Tan's books live in a class of their own.

The Arrival, told the story of a migrant in a strange new place, searching for a new home for his family - all without the use of words. Tan's stories and artworks will take each reader on an adventure while tackling issues that are present for many of us and yet, not noticed by some.

The Lost Thing is the story of a young boy, searching for bottle caps, who encounters a strange thing. He realises this 'thing' is lost and thus, attempts to find it's home. Despite the obvious need, strangers, friends and parents alike do not offer help and in fact, hardly notice the situation. A definitive story for all people or things that 'don't belong', it captures the true feelings created by our increasingly busy lives, where we don't have time to notice something different or to pause and help someone.

The Lost Thing (Image still)
Image: A still from The Lost Thing (2010) Passion Pictures Australia

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing has won numerous awards and was also transformed in an animated short film which on the Oscar for Best Short Animated Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

To see the story unfold and transform into the award-winning short film, visit 'Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From book to film' exhibition, currently presented in association with Shaun Tan, Passion Pictures Australia and Books Illustrate at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Showing from 28 November 2015 - 14 February 2016, this 'not-to-be-missed' exhibition includes Tan's original artworks and drawings, production footage and interviews with the animators/sound design team.

The exhibition was organised by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne and has free entry.

A Stop-Motion Animation Workshop will also run on Thursday 21 January from 10.30am - 12pm and is $15 per person (bookings essential).

If you would like more information on the exhibition, please visit:

Ph: 03 9294 6313
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Why? To watch a beautiful book transformed into an award-winning short film.
When: Open 7 days, 10am - 4pm (closed Public Holidays)
Where: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Cost: FREE
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