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Tim Burton: The Fantastical Guide to His Weird and Wacky Work

Kanzi Kamel By Kanzi Kamel Published on October 28, 2016

The wonderful world of Tim Burton is back and just in time for your very non-holidays. Tim Burton, The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work, by Ian Nathan, journalist and film critic, is now available in bookstores worldwide. 

Nathan’s latest work explores the influences on Tim Burton’s development as a filmmaker, and delves into the imagination involved in bringing one of his films to life. Including never before seen behind-the-scenes photographs and stunning film stills, Nathan analyze the success and style of films such as Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, and Mars Attacks!, and examines how Burton breathed new life into well-known stories that include Batman, Planet of the Apes, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In parallel (though we're not entirely sure intentionally so), The World of Tim Burton, a dark and artistic exhibition opens in Hong Kong on November 5. Though Burton is most known for his cinematic work, the exhibition displays a full range of his creative production. Curated from Burton's personal archives, the exhibition features many never before seen works from the famed director.  

It's quite clear that Burton's artistic work is inspired by the same motifs that shaped his film career – the balance between comedy and the grotesque; the conflict between the imagination of a child and the cynicism of an adult; and, as the exhibition highlights, "a cobbled-together creation of man, creature, and machine, or represented in human form as the psychologically-fractured titular antiheroes in Ed Wood (1994) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)."  

Below are some exclusive photographs and stills from Nathan's book.

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Egyptian-American food enthusiast born in Chicago, raised in Beirut, and living in Dublin. Multitasker at Bookwitty. Intimately familiar with the term "identity crisis".