Shaun Tan Congratulated by The Australia Council for his Academy Award Winning Short Film ‘The Lost Thing’
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 02, 2011
Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan has received an Academy Award this week for his 15 minute animated short film, The Lost Thing.
The film, based on his illustrated picture book of the same name, tells the story of a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature at the beach in suburban Melbourne – a quirky tale about finding your place in the world.
No stranger to acclaim, Tan has been the recipient of two Australia Council Literature Board New Work grants – in 2001 and 2004. His wordless graphic novel, The Arrival, won the Book of the Year prize as part of the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in 2006, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year award in 2007. It has been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages
Discussions are now underway with a producer who wants to turn The Arrival into a movie. ”There’s a good level of interest,” Tan has said in an interview from Los Angeles. ”It’s not a project I really want to rush into. It has to be the right kind of production.”
Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and was raised in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature.
As a teenager Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines. He is best known for his illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery.
The Australia Council congratulates Shaun Tan: another well deserved success.
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