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Guest Tim Burton

Tim Burton is one of the most original film directors working today...there's just no one else like him. He's a genuine artist who creates these wildly imaginative worlds (the stuff nightmares and fantasies are made of), but at the same time he's a director whose movies have mass appeal. He's somehow found a way to make weird - just plain wonderful.

This auteur has had real box office hits like 'Alice in Wonderland' & 'Batman', and his movies appeal to kids and adults alike. As dark as his work can be, he somehow finds humor in that darkness.

A self-declared "optimistic pessimist", Tim's made a lot of films based on stories that he loved as kid - classics tales like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory'.

Born in the suburb of Burbank, California, he began drawing at an early age and grew up on a heavy diet of 1960's horror movies - especially those starring his hero Vincent Price. In fact, his 1st short animated film was about a boy who wanted to be just like Vincent Price. 'Vincent', the film, was a festival darling.. and soon enough he was invited to direct his 1st feature - 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'.

Since then Tim hasn't stopped making films about oddballs and outsiders: 'Edward Scissorhands' (his most iconic film), 'Corpse Bride' (which stars 2 of his favorite people - Johnny Depp & his 3rd wife Helena Bonham Carter), and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'.

With every film he asks us to take a madcap adventure through his Gothic imagination... and his artwork is just as distinctive.

Now he's opening a landmark exhibit of over 700 of his pieces at TIFF Bell Litebox - paintings, drawings, puppets, and more.

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