Top movie director Tim Burton will head this years Cannes film festival jury. Its a break with tradition for what is arguably the worlds premier film event to appoint a director whose background is in animation. The California born director who is married to the actress Helena Bonham-Carter made his name with gothic fantasies like Edward Scissorhands.
He is a close friend of the actor Johnny Depp who has starred in his films. And it was Depp who last year presented the director with the golden lion award at the Venice Film festival. Six of Tim Burton’s movies have scooped Oscars in a variety of categories.
And Johnny Depp was the star of this musical, Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street for which he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor. The film went on to win a host of awards.
For one of his most recent movies, Nightmare before Christmas Burton returned to animation, writing and producing the film. Now the man who has won so many awards will help to decide the headline makers at this years Cannes festival.