OzCo has awarded the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) a $241,185 touring grant to take The Lost Thing: From Book to Film exhibition to regional Australia.
The exhibition goes behind the scenes of The Lost Thing—Shaun Tan’s critically acclaimed book and film—taking the viewer on a journey into a dystopian near future of conformity and drudgery, softened only by the innocence of ‘the lost thing’ and a small boy’s compassion. Set in a city overrun by bureaucracy, The Lost Thing picture book tells the story of a boy who befriends a strange sea creature/industrial machine while picking up bottle tops on the beach. Passion Pictures Australia invited Shaun to direct an animated version of The Lost Thing. Then, in 2010, the Oscar®-winning short film emerged. The animation is brilliant!
ACMI Board President Peter Lewinsky said it will be the largest national tour ever undertaken by ACMI, reflecting their commitment to provide world class cultural experiences to regional and rural communities. “The moving image is a potent form of creative cultural expression, and our commitment is to provide diverse audiences with the opportunity to engage with art and culture, regardless of location,” Mr Lewinsky said. “With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, this unique and awe-inspiring exhibition can find a new generation of fans across the corners of the nation.”
The Lost Thing: From Book to Film will exhibit in nine venues across Australia from 2015-2017, including Moreton Bay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg in Queensland; Bunbury and Geraldton in Western Australia; Maitland, Armidale and Albury in New South Wales; and Lilydale in Victoria.
For more information visit: http://www.acmi.net.au