Tim Burton honored at Venice Film Festival

Sept. 6, 2007 at 10:35 AM   |   Comments

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, Variety.com reported Thursday.

His long-time friend and frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, said as he presented the award: "Tim is a rare breed in today's cinema: he is a true original, a true artist, a true auteur. He's my favorite director and friend. So ... let's give him the thing, man."

Burton accepted the honor and offered an eight-minute preview of his upcoming film "Sweeney Todd," which stars Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter, the mother of Burton’s 4-year-old son, Billy Ray, and a child due this year.

The clip of Burton’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical featured Carter and Depp singing "My Friends."

"I am just trying to make an old-fashioned horror movie with music in it," Burton said, adding he looked to old Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre movies for inspiration.

"It's quite uncharted territory. I don't think there are that many horror movie musicals out there these days. It will be interesting to see what happens with it."

"Sweeney Todd" is Burton and Depp's sixth collaboration.

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Hayden Panettiere confirms pregnancy during ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon reportedly separated, will divorce
Sandra Bullock to star in 'Our Brand is Crisis'
Mickey Rourke vital to 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,' says Frank Miller
Steven Tyler releases song from 'Sin City' soundtrack
Trending News