Producer Alan Parker, a slimmer figure in the UK industry, has died this morning after a long illness, the British Film Institute has confirmed. He was 76.
Oscar Parker’s nomination was best known for directing classic films including Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burns u Commitments, as well as a film of Our Lady on a big budget Avoid. From a glittering career, his films have won 19 BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars in between.
Parker was a passionate supporter of UK industry and a founding member of Greece’s Directors of Great Britain. He was the founding President of the UK Film Council in 2000, a position he held for five years, before which he was President of the BFI. Received CBE in 1995 and knighthood in 2002. He was too Arts and Letters Officer (France).
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Alan Parker was born in Islington, London, on February 14, 1944. He began his advertising career as a copywriter but soon graduated to write and direct commercials. By the late 1960s it was one of the small, but immensely influential, groups of British directors (including Ridley Scott and Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne) that revolutionized the look, quality and reputation of television advertising. by combining sophisticated and shameful history with cinematic aesthetics. for the first time. In 1980 he received the D&AD Gold President Award.
In 1974, he went into the long form of 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 Parker’s seven BAFTA awards.
Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1975. It was a unique musical pastiche of 1930s Hollywood gangster films with a distribution made entirely of children, including Jodie Foster’s knockout. The film received eight BAFTA film nominations and five awards.
Parker’s second film was a huge and controversial success Midnight Express (1977) which won two Oscars and six Oscar nominations, including for Parker as Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe awards and four BAFTA awards.
This was followed, in 1979, by Fama, a cheerful and diverse celebration of youthful ambition in the arts, which won two Academy Awards, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and was subsequently adapted for a long-running 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 phenomenally successful adaptation of the rock album character.
In 1984, he directed Parker Birds based on the novel William Wharton, starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Grand Prix Special Du Jury at the 1985 Film Festival.
Parker’s next film, the occult thriller Heart of Angle, 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 MPAA.
In 1988 Parker directed the civil rights drama, Mississippi Burns, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Director for Parker and a win for Best Cinematography. Parker was also awarded the DW Griffith Award for direction by the National Review Board. The film was nominated for five BAFTA film awards, and three winners. He also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1989 Parker wrote and directed Let’s See Heaven, a moving 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 was doing Commitments, the story of a young, working-class Irish soul group, which was awarded a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture and won the Parker Award for Best Director at the Film Festival of Tokyo, as well as BAFTA film awards for Editing, Screenplay, Director and Best Picture.
In 1993, Parker wrote the 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 brought a number of global news stories when he directed, wrote and produced Avoid, based on the music stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. The film just discussed won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.
In 1999 Parker wrote and directed Ash Angela based on the Pulitzer Prize winner, the best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, featuring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. Parker’s final film was The Life of David Gale, the 2003 thriller about the cruel policy of capital punishment in the United States, starring Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.
Parker was also the best-selling author of the novel written by his own screenwriter Bugsy Malone, published by HarperCollins. He also wrote two other published novels, Ponds in the trailer, (1977) u The Kiss of the Grove (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 Outstanding Contribution to English Cinema. In 1998 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors of the Great Britain Guild and the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Photographic Society. He was awarded the 2013 Bafta Fellowship.
Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, sons Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.