Student Obsessions | Chapter 2

In chapter two of the series ‘Student Obsessions’, I speak to third year Journalism student Sasha Wickenden about her obsession; Director, Producer and Animator, Tim Burton.

©Sasha Wickenden

AC: What would you say is your current obsession?

SW: At the moment I am obsessed with everything Tim Burton. He’s my favourite director.

AC: Why are you so obsessed with him?

SW: With the release of his new movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, it’s really heightened my excitement for something new.

AC: When did you start to realise that Tim Burton was your favourite director? And how long have you liked him for?

SW: I don’t remember exactly, but I know I’ve been very much in love with his work for the past two years. My love for his films comes together with my love for Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, because they have all worked together so much in the past.

AC: What are some of your favourite films directed by him, and why?

SW: I would have to say Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Frankenweenie, Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland and Corpse Bride. I love these films because pretty much all of them focus on misfits, creepiness and a lot of weirdness, and I can relate with many of the characters. His animation style is so beautiful and unique; there is nothing else like it. Tim has cast some talented and versatile actors such as Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Conan and Winona Ryder. These people have played some of Tim’s most memorable and quirky characters that I’ve come to love. Like Winona Ryder said at Tim’s hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese theatre in Hollywood; “His heroes are the very outcasts he loves”.

AC: Have you ever had the chance to meet Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter or Johnny Depp? If so where & when was that?

SW: I’ve met all three of them. Johnny Depp three times though. The first time was at the Mordecai premiere last year. The second time was at the premiere of Black Mass. Shortly after Johnny arrived, I told him how much I love his work and that I had camped to meet him. He was so shocked and flattered. He laughed whilst saying “you’re mad”.  It was honestly one the best moments of my life. The third time was at the Alice Through the Looking Glass premiere in May of this year. I also met Tim at this premier, which I had been preparing myself for. He was so kind and took a photo with me. I met Helena once before, but I was disappointed. It was at the Cinderella premiere but she was being rushed, so I never got to have a photo with her.

©Sasha Wickenden

AC: What advice would you give to current students with an obsession?

SW: Try and find a way to make your obsession a possibly career path. For me, attending premieres and having an interest in blogging meant I had my niche. I now have a blog where I talk about the premieres that I go to, as well as live tweeting about them. I hope that I can turn this into a possible career one day.

AC: How do you handle student life with your need of attending premiers?

SW: It can be annoying sometimes because some premieres I have to miss because it clashes with my classes and deadlines, but overall I’m quite lucky. I can go to them on my days off, or I just turn up after class. Having a balance works pretty well for me.

AC: What would you say is the best thing about living in London?

SW: There are a lot of opportunities everywhere you go, and there’s always something fun and exciting around the corner.

AC: What film is coming out that you really want to see?

SW: I’m very excited for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the remake of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle.

AC: How would you sum up your experience as a student with an obsession in a few words?

SW: Self-discovering, first hand experience and extremely passionate.

You can check out Sasha’s blog here and follow her on Twitter.


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