Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton to be given BFI Fellowships

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter will receive BFI Fellowships at the 2012 London Film Festival awards ceremony on 20 October 2012.

The pair – who have frequently collaborated since first working together on Burton’s Planet Of The Apes ‘reimagining’ – live together in London with their two children.

Bonham Carter said of the accolade, “I am somewhat bewildered and not sure that I am deserving of such an honour as a Fellowship from the BFI, but shall accept it with deep gratitude.”

Burton commented, ““I feel very touched and grateful to the BFI for this tremendous honor. It means more than I can put into words to receive the BFI Fellowship and to be included alongside the great directors who have received it before me.”

Between them, the couple will have a significant presence at the LFF, as Burton’s Frankenweenie opens the fest, and Bonham Carter stars in the closer, Great Expectations .

HBC has so far appeared in seven of Burton’s movies.

The inclusion of awards at the 2012 LFF marks the first time that the fest has included a competitive element.

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