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Movie pair have gone for a Burton; Michelle and Colin's homage to Batman director.


A COUPLE from Coventry who dedicate their leisure time to watching films and writing about them have published their latest book - a guide to movie director Tim Burton.

The book by Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell looks at the man and his films and takes readers from his earliest works through to his latest blockbuster Planet of the Apes.

It is the sixth book the couple have had published under the Pocket Essentials series, with previous titles covering film directors David Lynch and John Carpenter, martial arts movie star Jackie Chan, and the genres of vampire films and horror films.

Their books are a mix of facts, opinion and criticism, and the Tim Burton guide details how the director maintains his unique style, yet is still a Hollywood favourite because his films are also hugely profitable.

His films include Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow.

Michelle, aged 30, who works as an electrical engineer for National Grid, said they chose Tim Burton for their project because they had always been fans of the director.

"Edward Scissorhands is one of the loveliest films ever made. I would rate it in my top 10 and we sob uncontrollably to it!" she said.

However, Michelle and Colin admit they were disappointed by his latest epic, Planet of the Apes.

Colin, aged 33, a civil servant for the Benefits Agency, said: "He's a very shrewd businessman and knows where his money is coming from, but ultimately he's a cinematic artist.

"Planet of the Apes was a bit of a shame. You can't fault it as a Hollywood blockbuster but it didn't really have the magic of a Tim Burton film."

The husband and wife team, who live just off Four Pounds Avenue in Chapelfields, started writing five years ago for Vector, the magazine of the British Science Fiction Association.

It was through this that they met the editor of the Pocket Essentials guides, published by Oldcastle Books, and were asked to contribute to the series.


FILM BUFFS: Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc and (right) Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in the Tim Burton hit Batman
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Date:Oct 8, 2001
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