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Aussie Short Film Shortlisted For An Oscar

Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan's film The Lost Thing has been shortlisted in the short animation category for the 2011 Academy Awards.


Narrated by Tim Minchin, This 15-minute film is based on the highly acclaimed picture book by Shaun Tan, published in 1999, and it has been in the making for the past eight years.


It is one of ten short films to be shortlisted for the Oscar.


The Lost Thing is a funny and original story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out collecting bottle tops on the beach. Realising 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 at all. For reasons he doesn't explain, the boy empathises with the creature and sets out to find out where it belongs.


A modern fable with a unique aesthetic, The Lost Thing is a peculiar tale, and is universal in its appeal to all ages.


From final storyboards, it has taken over three years to produce with a core team of four - three based in Melbourne and one in Edinburgh. It features over 74 characters and 22 computer-generated sets.


The film beat 23 other film entries that had qualified in this Academy Awards category, and three to five nominees will be selected from this shortlist in January.


Check out the trailer for The Lost Thing:





Well done to first-time directors Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann for this incredible achievement!