British film director and screenwriter Alan Parker has died at the age of 76, according to the British BBC broadcaster… He died on the morning of July 31 after a long illness.
Parker was born on February 14, 1944 in London. He started his career in advertising as a copywriter, then took up shooting commercials for television.
Parker’s first feature film is 1976’s Bugsy Malone, a musical parody based on the gangster Chicago of the 1930s. The director’s next film was Midnight Express (1978), which won two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Music and a BAFTA for Best Director.
Also among the most famous works of the director – “Evita”, “The Wall”, “Mississippi on Fire”, “Group” Commits “.
The director’s last film was the 2003 film The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.
Parker was Chairman of the British Directors Guild and founder of the British Film Committee. In 1984, the British Academy honored him with the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema. In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Parker the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the film industry, and in 2002 he received a knighthood.