Filmmaker Alan Parker, a towering determine within the UK business, died Friday morning following a prolonged sickness, the British Movie Institute has confirmed. He was 76.
Two-time Oscar nominee Parker was greatest recognized for steering traditional movies together with Midnight Categorical, Mississippi Burning, Fame, Bugsy Malone and The Commitments, in addition to big-budget Madonna film Evita. Throughout a glittering profession, his characteristic movies mixed to win 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars.
Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK business and a founding member of the Administrators Guild of Nice Britain. He was the founding Chairman of the UK Movie Council in 2000, a place he held for 5 years, and previous to that he was Chairman of the BFI. He obtained a CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He was additionally an Officier des Arts et Letters (France).
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Parker was born February 14, 1944. in Islington, London. He started his profession in promoting as a copywriter however shortly graduated to writing and directing commercials. By the late 1960s he was one of many small however massively influential group of British administrators (together with Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne) who revolutionized the look, high quality and fame of TV promoting by combining subtle, witty storytelling with cinema aesthetics for the primary time. In 1980 he obtained the D&AD Gold President’s Award.
In 1974, he moved into longform drama when he directed BBC movie The Evacuees, written by Jack Rosenthal, which received the Worldwide Emmy Award and a BAFTA Award for route; the primary of Parker’s seven BAFTAs.
Parker wrote and directed his first characteristic movie, Bugsy Malone, in 1975. It was a singular musical pastiche of Hollywood gangster movies of the 1930s with a solid comprised completely of youngsters, together with a knockout efficiency by Jodie Foster. The movie obtained eight BAFTA movie nominations and 5 awards.
Parker’s second movie was the massively profitable and controversial Midnight Categorical (1977) which received two Oscars and 6 Academy Award nominations, together with for Parker as Greatest Director. The movie obtained six Golden Globe Awards and 4 BAFTA awards, together with Greatest Screenplay for Parker.
This was adopted in 1979 by Fame, a joyful and various celebration of youthful ambition within the arts, which received two Academy Awards, six nominations, 4 Golden Globe nominations and later was tailored right into a long-running tv collection.
In 1981 Parker directed the highly effective household drama Shoot the Moon, starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney. That very same yr he additionally directed the seminal Pink Floyd – The Wall, the characteristic movie adaptation of the best-selling rock albums of all time.
In 1984, Parker directed Birdy, based mostly on the William Wharton novel and starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine. that movie received the Grand Prix Particular du Jury on the 1985 Cannes Movie Pageant.
Parker’s subsequent movie, the occult thriller Angel Coronary heart, made in 1986 and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet, opened within the U.S. amidst a storm of controversy attributable to the “X” ranking imposed on the movie by the MPAA.
In 1988 Parker directed the civil rights drama Mississippi Burning, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards together with Greatest Director for Parker and successful for Greatest Cinematography. Parker additionally was awarded the D.W. Griffith Award for steering by the Nationwide Board of Assessment. The movie was nominated for 5 BAFTA movie awards, successful three. It additionally received the Silver Bear on the Berlin Worldwide Movie Pageant.
In 1989 Parker wrote and directed Come See the Paradise, a shifting household story concerning the therapy of forcibly interned Japanese-People throughout World Struggle II, starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. A yr later, he would make The Commitments, the story of a younger, working-class Irish soul band, which was awarded a Golden Globe Nomination for Greatest Image and received Parker the Greatest Director prize on the Tokyo Movie Pageant, in addition to BAFTA movie awards for Modifying, Screenplay, Director and Greatest Image.
In 1993, Parker wrote and directed comedy-drama, The Highway to Wellville, based mostly on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.
In 1996, he garnered loads of international headlines when he directed, wrote and produced Evita, based mostly on the Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. The much-discussed movie received three Golden Globe Awards, together with Greatest Image.
In 1999 Parker wrote and directed Angela’s Ashes based mostly on the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. Parker’s closing movie was The Lifetime of David Gale, the 2003 thriller concerning the merciless politics of capital punishment within the US, starring Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.
Parker additionally authored the best-selling novel written from his personal screenplay of Bugsy Malone, printed by HarperCollins. He additionally wrote two different printed novels, Puddles within the Lane (1977) and The Sucker’s Kiss (2003), and was an adept cartoonist and painter.
In 1984 Parker was honored by the British Academy with the celebrated Michael Balcon Award for Excellent Contribution to British Cinema. In 1998 he obtained the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Administrators Guild of Nice Britain and the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Photographic Society. He was awarded the 2013 Bafta Fellowship.
Parker is survived by his spouse Lisa Moran-Parker, his youngsters Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and 7 grandchildren.