Tim has narrated a 15 minute animated short film, by Shaun Tan and Passion Pictures Australia, called The Lost Thing. It is based on the acclaimed picture book by multi award winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan. It is a modern fable about a boy who discovers a bizarre looking creature on the beach. He realises that is is lost and tries to find out where it belongs or who owns it, only to be met with indifference from everyone else. A synopsis, trailer and more about the book, film directors, cast and crew can be found here.
The Lost Thing will be available, in Australia, 10th November 2010 via Madman. The DVD is region free, however, so it can be played on PAL-compatible DVD players worldwide.
A few videos for your enjoyment: Interspersed with short clips from the film, Shaun Tan talks about his story, the themes and the creation of the film. In the first he talks about Tim, as the narrator, with footage of Tim during a voice record session.
The Lost Thing has already won a string of awards:
Annecy Int. Animation Festival (France, June 2010): The Annecy Crystal (Best Short Film) *
Sydney Film Festival (Australia, June 2010): Yoram Gross Animation Award*
Palm Springs Int. Festival of Short Films (USA, June 2010): Second Place for Best Animated Short
Anima Mundi (Brazil, July 2010): Best Soundtrack
Melbourne Int. Film Festival (Australia, July/Aug. 2010): Grand Prix for Best Short*
Australian Effects and Animation Festival (Australia, August 2010) : Best Short Film
2010 Qantm Desktop CREATE:Awards (Australia, September 2010) : Creative of the Year, and Best Animation
Image en Vues (Canada/Qubec, October 2010): Winner Best Film by the Public
Anaheim International Film Festival (USA, October 2010): Best Animation Short Film
Australian Screen Sound Guild Award (Australia, October 2010) for “Best Achievement in Sound in an Animated Film”.
ANIMACOR 2010 International Short Film Competition (Spain, November 2010) FIRST PRIZE and also the THE SPECIAL AWARD OF CHILDREN TO THE BEST SHORT FILM
Austin Film Festival (USA, November 2010) – Animated Short Jury Award
Chicago International Childrens Film Festival (USA, November 2010) – 1st Prize Animated Short & Best Film By an Emerging Director.
Screen Music Awards (Australia, November 2010): Best Music in a Short Film
*Academy Accredited Awards
Samsung AFI (Australian Film Institute) Nomination: Best Animated Short Film **
Inside Film Awards Nomination (Australia, September 2010): Best Animated Short Film
**Australian Film Institute (Australia, awards announced December 2010)
(Edited to update the Awards)