Director Alan Parker, a rising figure in the UK industry, died this morning after a long illness, confirmed the British Film Institute. He was 76 years old.
The two-time Oscar nominee Parker was best known for directing classic films, including Bugsy Malone,, Midnight express,, Mississippi burning and The commitmentsas well as a large budget for the Madonna movie To be avoidedIn a brilliant career, his feature films have won 19 BAFTAs, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars in between.
Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK industry and the founder of the British Directors Guild. He was the founder of the Chairman of the UK Film Council in 2000, held office for five years and was previously Chairman of the BFI. He received the CBE in 1
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Alan Parker was born in Islington, London, on February 14, 1944. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter, but quickly finished writing and directing commercials. Until the late 1960s, he was one of a small but extremely influential group of British directors (including Ridley Scott and Hugh Hudson and Adrian Line) who revolutionized the look, quality and reputation of television advertising by combining a sophisticated, witty story with aesthetics. at the cinema for the first time. In 1980, he received the D&AD Gold President’s Award.
In 1974, he turned into a long-form drama when he directed the BBC film, The evacuees, written by Jack Rosenthal, who won an International Emmy Award and a BAFTA Award for Directing; the first of Parker’s seven BAFTAs.
Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1975. It was a unique musical pastis of the Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast composed entirely of children, including a knockout performance by Jody Foster. The film received eight BAFTA nominations and five awards.
Parker’s second film was extremely successful and controversial Midnight express (1977), who won two Oscars and six Oscar nominations, including Parker for Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe Awards and four BAFTA Awards.
This was followed in 1979 by glory, a joyful and varied celebration of youth ambition in the arts, which won two Oscars, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and was subsequently adapted into a long-running television series.
In 1981, Parker directed the powerful family drama, Shoot the moon, starring Diane Keaton and Albert Feeney. That same year he led the seminar Pink Floyd Wall, adaptation of the feature film on the phenomenally successful rock album.
In 1984, director Parker Birdy based on the novel by William Wharton, starring Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modin, won a special jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix.
Parker’s next film, the occult thriller Angelic heart, made in 1986 and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet, opened in the United States amid a storm of controversy caused by the “X” rating imposed on the film by MPAA.
In 1988, Parker directed the civil rights drama, Mississippi burning, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Director for Parker and won Best Cinematography. Parker was also honored with the DW Griffith Award for directing by the National Review Board. The film was nominated for five BAFTA Film Awards, winning three. He also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1989, Parker wrote and directed Come see Heaven, a touching family story about the treatment of forcibly interned Japanese-Americans during World War II starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlin Tomita. A year later he will The commitments, the story of a young working-class Irish soul who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and won the Parker Award for Best Director at the Tokyo Film Festival, as well as the BAFTA Film Awards for Editing , screenplay, director and Best Picture.
In 1993, Parker wrote and directed a comedy-drama, The road to Welville, based on the novel by T. Carrageenan Boyle and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.
In 1996, he collected many global titles when directing, writing and producing To be avoided, based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Price. The much-discussed film won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.
In 1999, Parker wrote and directed Angela’s ashes based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlisle. Parker’s final film was The life of David Gale, the 2003 thriller about the brutal death penalty policy in the United States, starring Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.
Parker is also the author of the best-selling novel, written on his own screenplay Bugsy Malone, published by HarperCollins. He also wrote two other published novels, Puddles in the bar, (1977) and Suker’s kiss (2003). He was also a skilled cartoonist and artist.
In 1984, Parker was honored by the British Academy with the prestigious Michael Balcony Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema. In 1998 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Directors Guild and the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Society of Photography. He was awarded a Bafta scholarship in 2013.
Parker is survived by his wife, Lisa Moran-Parker, his children, Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.