The inventive graphic stories of internationally renowned local illustrator Shaun Tan have already migrated from page to screen, with the Oscar-winning film The Lost Thing. Now, Tan’s much-loved The Arrival – following the melancholic yet hopeful adventures of a refugee in a strange world – has been brought to life in music by Sydney composer and musician Ben Walsh. An amazing live ‘sonic-scape’, performed by the multi-instrumental Orkestra Of The Underground, accompanies projections of Tan’s exquisite illustrations. This remarkable collaboration makes its Victorian premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne, best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and won an Academy Award for the short animated film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people. His most recent books are Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones (September 2015).