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Tim Burton and Helena receive Fellowships

Tim Burton and his partner Helena Bonham Carter have been awarded a fellowship by the British Film Institute (BFI).  The honour was presented to them at the prestigious London Film Festival which took place at Banqueting House on London’s Whitehall.

Burton and Helena live in London with Helena and their two children.  They have worked on many films together over the years including Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd.  Helena said, “It’s good because there’s no jealousy at home. It’s very handy and very thoughtful for them to give us both one at the same time.”  While accepting her award Helena said “I never thought I was particularly good at this. I’ve certainly had my bad reviews over the years, but I kept going. My dad’s motto is KBO which stands for ‘Keep b*******g on’, so I will Dad.”

Burton’s other successes as a Director include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands. Burton said

“I can’t quite believe this because I’m not British. I grew up on British films, Hammer films, James Bond, The Wicker Man.”

The award was presented to him by Sir Christopher Lee who has worked with Burton on several of his films.  Burton was delighted to be presented the award by Lee and said “he was especially proud to receive the award from Sir Christopher because he “was one of the reasons I wanted to be in movies”.