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Filmmaker Alan Parker, a towering figure in the UK industry, died this morning after a long illness, the British Film Institute has confirmed. He was 76.

Parker was best known for directing classic films including the two-time Oscar-nominated Parker Bugsy Malone, Midnight express, Mississippi burning And Commitments, As well as the big-budget Madonna film Avita. Amidst his illustrious career, his feature films won 19 BAFTA Awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars.

Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK industry and a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He was the founding chairman of the UK Film Council in 2000, a position he held for five years, and before that he was president of the BFI. He received a CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He was also one Officer des arts at letters (France).

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Alan Parker was born on February 14, 1944 in Islington, London. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter, but quickly graduated to writing and directing commercials. By the late 1960s, he was one of a small, but highly influential, group of British directors (including Ridley Scott and Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lynn) who combined sophisticated, witty storytelling with cinema aesthetics as a form of TV advertising. , Revolutionized quality and reputation. first time. In 1980 he received the D & AD Gold President Award.

In 1974, when he directed the BBC film, he moved into long-form drama. The avecuse, Written by Jack Rosenthal, which won the International Emmy Award and the BAFTA Award for Direction; The first of Parker’s seven BAFTA awards.

Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy MaloneIn 1975. It was a unique musical from the 1930s Hollywood gangster films with an ensemble cast entirely of children, including Jodie Foster’s knockout performance. The film received eight BAFTA film nominations and five awards.

Parker’s second film was highly successful and controversial Midnight express (1977) which won two Oscar and six Academy Award nominations, including Parker as Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe Awards and four BAFTA Awards.

Subsequently in 1979, The fame, A joyous and varied celebration of youthful ambition in the arts, which has transformed into two Academy Awards, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, and later a long-running television series.

In 1981, Parker directed the powerful family drama, shoot the Moon, Starring Diane Keaton and Albert Fannie. The same year he also directed the seminal pink Floyd The Wall, Feature film adaptation of an unprecedentedly successful rock album.

In 1984, Parker directed Birdy Based on the William Wharton novel, starring Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Grand Prix Special du Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

Parker’s next film, The Throttle Thriller Angel heartMade in 1986 and opened in the US amid a storm of controversies due to the ‘X’ rating levied on the film by the MPAA, starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonnet.

Parker directed the civil rights drama in 1988, Mississippi burning, Starring Gene Hadman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards including winning for Best Director and Best Cinematography for Parker. Parker was also awarded the DW Griffith Award for direction by the National Board of Review. The film was nominated for five BAFTA Film Awards, winning three. It also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Parker wrote and directed in 1989 Come see heaven, A moving story about the treatment of Japanese-Americans forcibly detained during World War II, featuring Denis Quaid and Tamlin Tomita. One year later, he will make Commitments, The story of a young, Irish, working-class soul band, awarded a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and Parker receiving the Best Director Award at the Tokyo Film Festival, as well as editing, screenplay, BAFTA film for director Also received awards. And the best picture.

In 1993, Parker wrote and directed the comedy-drama, Street of wellville, T. Based on the novel by Coragheson Boyle and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carve.

In 1996, he made a lot of global headlines when he directed, wrote and produced. AvitaStage based music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and starring Madonna, Antonio Bandares and Jonathan Preece. The much-acclaimed film won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.

Parker wrote and directed in 1999 Angela ashes On winning the Pulitzer Prize, the best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. Parker’s last film was Life of David Gayle2003 thriller about the brutal politics of capital punishment in the US 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 Harper Collins. In addition, he wrote two other published novels, Puddles in the lane, (1977) and Sucker kiss (2003). He was also a skilled cartoonist and painter.

In 1984 Parker was awarded the prestigious Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema by the British Academy. In 1998 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Photographic Society’s Directors Guild of Great Britain and the Lumiere Medal. He was awarded the 2013 BAFTA Fellowship.

Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.

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