Perth folk had reason to cheer on Monday when a particular short animation went home with Oscar. And now we have the opportunity to see why the Academy voters were so impressed.
The Flickerfest brings to Perth the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short, THE LOST THING, by Perth’s own Shaun Tan, and Melbourne’s Andrew Ruhemann, screening as part of the Best of Australian Shorts programme on Saturday March 5th at Camelot Outdoor Cinema.
Tan grew up in the Northern suburbs of Perth and studied fine arts and literature at the University of Western Australia. The freelance artist and author now lives in Melbourne and is best known for the surreal and powerful imagery in his books THE RABBITS, THE RED TREE and his most recent, TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA.
He and Andrew Rehemann directed THE LOST THING jointly. The story is about a boy who 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.
THE LOST THING is part of Flickerfest’s BEST OF THE AUSTRALIAN SHORTS ON TOUR. The lineup includes a further six short films. The Australian programme screens this Saturday March 5th at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Programme details here.
This is part of the Flickerfest 20th International Short Film Festival that begins at Camelot on Thursday 3rd March. For further details check here at the Flickerfest site or buy tickets here at the Lunapalace site.