Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton awarded BFI fellowships

Actress and director received honours at the London Film Festival Awards

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton received BFI fellowships at the London Film Festival Awards last night (October 20).

The highest honour awarded by the British Film Institute were presented to the Sweeney Todd actress and her director partner at a ceremony held at the Banqueting House in London, reports Sky News.

Bonham Carter acknowledged her partner’s fellowship and thanked the BFI as it would mean there would be no “jealousy at home”, adding: “It’s very handy and very thoughtful for them to give us both one at the same time.”

On receiving her award from theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, Bonham Carter thanked her parents, who were sitting in the audience, for their support.

She 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 buggering on’, so I will dad.”

Burton was presented with his award by Sir Christopher Lee, who has worked with the director in a number of his films including Alice In Wonderland, Charlie And The Choclate Factory and Sleepy Hollow.

Commenting on Burton’s talents as a director, Lee told those in attendance: “Burton is one of the greatest directors of any time. One can only imagine what cinema would look like if Tim had not put his indelible thumb print on it.”