Tim Burton honored at Venice Film Festival

Sept. 6, 2007 at 10:35 AM

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.

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