Filmmaker Alan Parker, an imminent figure in British industry, has died this morning after a long illness, the British Film Institute has confirmed. He was 76 years old.
Parker, a two-time Oscar nominee, was best known for directing classic films, including Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Burning Mississippi i The Commitments, as well as the film Madonna on a big budget Avoid. Through a brilliant career, his feature films won 19 BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten cascades among them.
Parker was an avid supporter of the UK industry and a founding member of the British Guild of Directors. He was the founding president of the UK Film Council in 2000, a position he held for five years and was previously president of the BFI. He received a CBE in 1995 and a cavalry in 2002. He was also an ex Arts and Letters Officer (France).
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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 graduated from writing and directing commercials. In the late 1960s it was a small but very influential group of British directors (including Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne) who revolutionized the look, quality and reputation of television advertising by combining sophisticated stories. and ingenious with the aesthetics of cinema. for the first time. In 1980 he received the D&AD Gold President Award.
In 1974 he moved into a long-running drama when he directed the BBC film, The evacuees, written by Jack Rosenthal, who won the International Emmy Award and a BAFTA Award for Direction; the first of seven Parker BAFTA awards.
Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1975. It was a unique musical cake from Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a children’s cast, including a knockout performance by Jodie Foster. The film received eight BAFTA nominations and five awards.
Parker’s second film was successful and controversial Midnight Express (1977), which 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 Fama, a joyful and diverse celebration of youthful ambition in the arts, which won two Academy Awards, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, and was subsequently adapted into a feature-length television series.
In 1981 Parker directed the powerful family drama, Shoot the moon, starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney. That same year he also directed the seminal Pink Floyd – The Wall, the successful feature film adaptation of the rock album.
In 1984, Parker directed Birdy based on the novel by William Wharton, starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.
Parker’s next film, The Hidden Thriller Angel 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 the APPA.
In 1988 Parker directed the civil rights drama, Burning Mississippi, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Director for Parker and winner of Best Cinematography. Parker also received the DW Griffith Award for leadership of the National Board of Review. The film was nominated for five BAFTA awards, winning three. He also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1989 Parker wrote and directed Come and see paradise, an emotional family story about the treatment of Japanese-Americans interned by force during World War II, starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. A year later, he would The Commitments, the story of a young working-class Irish soul band, who received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and won the Parker Best Director Award at the Tokyo Film Festival, as well as awards BAFTA for editing, screenplay, director. and Best image.
In 1993, Parker wrote and directed comedy-drama, The road to Wellville, based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.
In 1996 he earned a large number of global titles when he directed, wrote and produced Avoid, based on the music scene of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. The hotly debated film won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.
In 1999 Parker wrote and directed Angela’s Ashes based on the Pulitzer Prize, best-selling memory of Frank McCourt, starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. Parker’s final film was The life of David Gale, the 2003 thriller about the cruel politics of capital punishment in the United States, starring Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.
Parker was also the author of the best-selling novel written from his own screenplay Bugsy Malone, published by HarperCollins. In addition, he wrote two other published novels, Ponds in the lane, (1977) i The pacifier kiss (2003). He was also an adept cartoonist and painter.
In 1984 Parker was honored by the British Academy with the prestigious Michael Balcon Award for his outstanding contribution to British cinema. In 1998 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Directors and the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Photographic Society. He was awarded the Bafta Scholarship 2013.
Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, their children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry and seven grandchildren.