Nassau, Bahamas - American actor, known to be 'the sexiest man alive' received a career tribute award at the 6th annual Bahamas International Film Festival on December 13th at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. The event was sponsored by Swiss private bankers, Lombard Odier Darier Henstch and The Balmoral.
The Bahamas Weekly News Team, media sponsors of the event, were on hand for the red carpet arrival and are pleased to present this
VIDEO coverage containing an interview with Mr. Depp, along with comments from Sir Sean Connery, a patron of the Festival who also lives in The Bahamas and presented the award to Depp. You will hear from founder and executive director of the festival, Leslie Vanderpool, as well as view scenes from the tribute for Depp.
In a beautiful outdoor theater on the property of the Balmoral, Johnny Depp received a hand carved award of a fish, which depicts the BIFF logo and was created by a Bahamian artist. Depp also received a framed portrait drawing of himself, unexpected by all, from a young Bahamian artist in the audience during the question and answer session moderated by author Doug Brinkley.
When asked how he felt about receiving the award he said he was "a little stupefied by t
he notion" of winning awards.
"The first thing I say is 'why?' I just go to work like anyone else, except my job is a little stranger," added Depp
Depp revealed that he would be spending Christmas on his private Bahamian island in the Exumas.
place is as close to paradise as anywhere you can get," he said about
The Bahamas, and he said he'd be pleased to do any work in a place he
loves to be.
He said he will be back in his his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the next Pirates of The Caribbean film in summer of 2011.
The evening ended with a montage of Depp's greatest roles from Edward
Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd and of course Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the
After the tribute a private dinner was held in his honour at The Balmoral for Depp, Connery and special VIP guests.
Johnny Depp receives his career achievement award presented to him by
Sir Sean Connery. Festival founder and executive director, Leslie
Vanderpool stands center. Photo: AshHenderson.com
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit
organization committed to providing the local community and
international festival-goers with a diverse presentation
films from the Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing
films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides
unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for
exploring the past, present and future
of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level
of filmmaking, participation and education throughout the Bahamas and the world.
For additional information please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com