British director Alan Parker has passed away. The British PA news agency reported this Friday, citing a spokeswoman for his environment. Parker passed away at the age of 76 after a long illness.
Parker’s films cannot be categorized into the same genre: he presented musicals, but also thrillers or dramas. His most famous films are “Bugsy Malone” (1976), “Midnight Express” (1978), “Fame” (1980), “Birdy” (1984), “Mississippi burn” (1988), and “Evita” ( 1996). He also filmed “Pink Floyd – The Wall”, a 1982 musical based on the album Pink Floyd The Wall. His last movie was The Life of David Gale from 2003.
In 1985, Parker won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Birdy. His films have won a total of 19 BAFTAs, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars. Despite being nominated for Midnight Express and Mississippi Burning, he did not win an Oscar for Best Director.
Parkers began his career as a writer and creator of television commercials. He got this many times. Ten years later, he moved to directing the movie. His first feature film “Bugsy Malone” was a huge success. In the story of the rise of a gangster, children play all the roles, including Jodi Foster.
In 2002, Parker was knighted for his unbridled commitment to the world of cinema and allowed to call himself Sir Alan Parker. In his post-movie life, he focused on painting.