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November 2010

And The Winner Is…

by Linzy 11th Nov | 29 comments

So, Universal launched a competition earlier for people to make trailers for the forthcoming UK release of ‘Ready For This?’ on DVD and Blu-ray. Well the time has come to announce the winner as chosen by Tim, from the three videos with the most views!

And the winner is Victoria Crewe-Turrell who won with this fabulous entry!

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The Lost Thing

by Shell 9th Nov | 16 comments

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)

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I can’t believe it’s here. Tomorrow evening I’ll be sitting in a full dress rehearsal of the RSC’s “Matilda – a Musical”… and by Tuesday the public (including some of you) will be there too. It’s a weird feeling. Especially when my brain is also occupied by the niggling sensation of having an unfinished arena spectacular to attend to. Regardless, I am incredibly excited that we’ve (nearly!) made it. I’ve never worked so hard on a piece and I’ve never enjoyed the journey so much.

The RSC has made a video with a little teaser of one of the songs intercut with footage of the kids in rehearsals and a tired and unshaven me talking like an imbecile about my writing. The song is called “When I Grow Up” and is the first thing I wrote, back in May 2009. The audio you hear in the vid is actually the very demo that I showed Dennis (Kelly) and Matthew (Warchus) and Chris (Nightingale) that month.

Two things I feel I should say:

1. The show is generally not this “pop”. This is the pop peak, so to pop speak.

2. You should hear the kids sing it. Man, you really should.


It can also be viewed on the Matilda A Musical website or the RSC YouTube Channel.

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So we’re hearing all your pleas for Tim to come to America on a daily basis but now is the time to make your voice really count!

We’ve taken control of Tim’s page on eventful.com because Tim wants to find out where you want him to play for when he gets his arse in gear to do an American tour. Be sure to “demand” Tim in all the towns you’d be willing to trek to so that we can get a fuller picture of where the best potential places to go would be. Just click the widget below to get started!

Demand Tim Minchin in your city!
Learn more about the Eventful Demand for Tim Minchin

Things to note:

  • this is just research and doesn’t confirm a forthcoming US tour.
  • if you’re not in the US, feel free to use this anyway; it’s not like we can stop you!

Please do not post your requests as comments unless you’ve already demanded Tim using the widget as they cannot be counted.

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