I have just heard that Australian artist/film maker Shaun Tan has won an Oscar for his short film, ‘The Lost Thing’, along with Andrew Ruhemann. Congratulations!
I first heard of Shaun Tan when I read his illustrated book, ‘The Arrival’. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he is a fantastic artist and illustrator who has ‘written’ several picture books. I had never ‘read’ an illustrated book before, and was amazed by ‘The Arrival’. There are images in this book which capture an amazing depth of emotion which I think would be almost impossible to express in words. I think it allows the ‘reader’ more freedom to interpret the story for themselves.
The Oscar was for a short film based on one of his books, ‘The Lost Thing’ and it is a beautiful film, narrated by another West Australian Tim Minchin (a musical comedian is the best descrption for him!) Shaun Tan is originally from WA, although now lives in Melbourne.
Shaun Tan’s website is also beautifully illustrated and has information about his books, art and film. I hightly recommend that you check it out.
Shaun will be a keynote speaker at the joint Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Australian Association for Infant Mental Health conference in Perth, Western Australia from May 12 to 14th 2011. I am lucky enough to be talking (on psychiatry and writing) in the same forum as him. How’s that for a hard act to follow!