Thursday, 29 April 2010

Tim Burton to appear live at ACMI

Tim Burton & Albert Finney on set © Columbia Pictures
To celebrate the opening of Tim Burton: The Exhibition, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will exclusively host Tim Burton in Australia.

ACMI's guest of honour will take part in two live events - Desert Island Flicks and Masterclass with Tim Burton - designed to complement the exhibition experience and give fans a rare glimpse into the mind of this creative genius.

Before the exhibition opens, ACMI visitors will get a glimpse into film favourites of Tim Burton when on Tuesday 22 June he takes part in the ACMI's popular Desert Island Flicks series.

In an event hosted by Alan Brough (ABC TV's Spicks and Specks), the multi-award winning director, producer and artist will reveal exclusively to the live audience his top five films of all time. They may be films he loves to watch over and over again, films that have changed him personally, or even films that have influenced his work over the years. 

Previous castaways in the monthly program have included Adam Elliot, David Stratton and Chris Masters and produced live events which have proved fascinating and scintillating.

The second live event, Masterclass with Tim Burton, with reveal the workings behind Burton's restless imagination and provide a rare insight into his cinematic world of his melancholic misfits, gothic suburbia and contemporary fairytales.

Hosted Margaret Pomeranz (ABC TV's At the Movies), this live event will take place at ACMI on Thursday 24 June. Among the topics to be explored are his work processes when reinventing films and genres, his long-time creative collaborators and his and his often fraught journey realising his artistic vision within a complex demanding feature film system.

Tim Burton has been heavily involved in the development of the exhibition at New York's The Museum of Modern Art and has equally been involved in the process of restaging the exhibition at ACMI. The masterclass will also look at the process of distilling a creative genius into an exhibition.

Tim Burton will appear exclusively at ACMI while in Australia for the opening of Tim Burton: The Exhibition, presented as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010 in it's only staging in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Tickets to both these live events go on sale today and are available online via or by calling (03) 8663 2583 or in person at the Tickets and Information counter located at the ACMI entrance at Federation Square.

In brief:

Desert Island Flicks - Castaway with Tim Burton (Unclassified 15+)
Tues 22 June, 6pm to 7.30pm
Cinema 2, ACMI Cinemas
Full $50 Concession $40 

Masterclass with Tim Burton (Unclassified 15+)
Thurs 24 June, 6pm to 7.30pm
Cinema 2, ACMI Cinemas
Full $50, Concession $40

Tickets available via:
Online at
By calling (03) 8663 2583
In person at the Tickets and Information counter located at the ACMI entrance at Federation Square


Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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