Fresh from winning the Academy Award for short animated film, The Lost Thing is a 15-minute animated movie, based on the highly acclaimed picture book by award-winning Australian author Shaun Tan. Watch the film then draw on a range of visual literacy and comprehension skills to analyse the setting, narrative and characters.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
A devoted couple is forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labour camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
Zhigen, an old Chinese farmer, has lived alone in Beijing for over 20 years after moving to the city to allow his son Chongyi to attend university. He decides to make the long journey from Beijing to Yangshuo to honour the promise he made to his wife, to bring back the bird that has been his only companion in the city.