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Alan Parker

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Acclaimed British writer and director whose most widely known motion pictures include Evita, Red Floyd – The Wall structure, Mississippi Burning up, Bugsy Malone, Popularity, and Midnight Express. He worked well like a copywriter for an advertisement company. He was granted the Order from the English Empire by Queen Elizabeth II as well as the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Honor for his efforts to the English film market. He wedded Annie Inglis in 1966 and later on wedded Lisa Moran within the 1990s. He offers two sons called Jake and Alexander Parker. He aimed Jodie Foster within the 1976 musical Bugsy Malone.

Quick Facts


Full Name Alan Parker
Date Of Birth February 14, 1944
Place Of Birth England
Profession Director
Education Dame Alice Owen's School
Nationality English, British
Spouse Annie Inglis, Lisa Moran
Children Jake Parker, Nathan Parker, Alexander Parker
Parents Elsie Ellen, William Leslie Parker
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Fellowship, Cannes Grand Prix, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, National Board of Review Award for Best Director, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, British Academy Television Award for Best Single Play
Music Groups CCS, The Congregation, Move Move Move, Unlimited Love, Jaws 3-D Main Title
Nominations Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, César Award for Best Foreign Film, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, British Academy Television Award for Best Single Documentary
Movies Midnight Express, Angel Heart, Pink Floyd – The Wall, The Commitments, Mississippi Burning, Bugsy Malone, Fame, The Life of David Gale, Evita, Birdy, Angela's Ashes, Shoot the Moon, The Road to Wellville, Come See the Paradise, The Evacuees, Melody, Nancherrow, Jaws 3-D, Britannic, Victoria & Albert, To Be the Best, 100 Films and a Funeral, Our Cissy, No Hard Feelings, Footsteps, British Cinema: Personal View - A Turnip Head's Guide To The British Cinema
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Father of Nathan Parker.
2One of Parker's idols Fred Zinnemann became an unlikely mentor and would often agree to see many of his films before anyone else.
3Has directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: John Hurt (Best Supporting Actor, Midnight Express (1978)), Gene Hackman (Best Actor, Mississippi Burning (1988)), and Frances McDormand (Best Supporting Actress, Mississippi Burning (1988)).
4Is friends with director Tony Scott, whom he sponsored to direct The Hunger (1983) for producer Richard Shepard.
5Considers Oliver Stone as his strong antagonist since their collaborations on Midnight Express (1978). Parker even declined several times to give him WGA credits for his previous work on Evita (1996), but finally agreed to do so after a long deliberation with WGA's law representatives.
6Usually, his films end with either the main character dying or end with a depressing down note (see Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Evita (1996), The Life of David Gale (2003), Angela's Ashes (1999), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Midnight Express (1978)).
7Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991
8Has published several collections of film industry-related cartoons, including "Hares in the Gate" (1983).
9In an interview for The Road to Wellville (1994), Parker stated that his mission as a filmmaker was to make at least one movie for each genre available.
10He was a founding member of the Directors' Guild of Great Britain and has lectured at film schools around the world.
11Writes the press kit annotations for journalists at advance screenings himself. Has done so since 1981.
12His sons Alexander Parker and Jake Parker help their father out on a lot of his projects, e.g. composing the score for The Life of David Gale (2003).
13Appointed a C.B.E. in 1995 and knighted in the 2002 New Year's Honours List. Now known as Sir Alan Parker.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life of David Gale2003
Angela's Ashes1999
Evita1996
Madonna: You Must Love Me1996Video short
The Road to Wellville1994
The Commitments1991
Come See the Paradise1990
Renegade MTV Special1990TV Movie
Mississippi Burning1988
Angel Heart1987
Birdy1984
Pink Floyd: Hey You1982Short
Pink Floyd: The Wall1982
Shoot the Moon1982
Fame1980
Midnight Express1978
No Hard Feelings1976TV Movie
Bugsy Malone1976
The Evacuees1975TV Movie
Our Cissy1974Short
Footsteps1974/IShort

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angela's Ashes1999screenplay
Evita1996screenplay
The Road to Wellville1994screenplay
Come See the Paradise1990written by
Angel Heart1987screenplay
No Hard Feelings1976TV Movie screenplay
Bugsy Malone1976written by
Our Cissy1974Short
Footsteps1974/IShort
Melody1971original story and screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evita1996producer: "A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952", "Requiem for Evita", "Oh, What a Circus", "On This Night of a Thousand Stars", "Eva and Magaldi", "Eva Beware of the City", "Buenos Aires", "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", "Goodnight and Thank You", "The Lady's Got Potential", "Charity Concert", "The Art of the Possibles", "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You", "Hello and Goodbye", "Peron's Latest Flame", "A New Argentina", "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada 1", "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina",
Madonna: You Must Love Me1996Video short music: "You Must Love Me" / producer: "You Must Love Me"
The Road to Wellville1994lyrics: "Where The Spirits Soar"
Come See the Paradise1990lyrics: "Jack's Theatre Song" / writer: "Kawamura Family Theme"
Halloween III: Season of the Witch1982writer: "Time Goes By"
Wanda Whips Wall Street1981writer: "You're A Winner" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dad's Army2016executive producer - as Sir Alan Parker
The Life of David Gale2003producer
Angela's Ashes1999producer
Evita1996producer
Madonna: You Must Love Me1996Video short producer
The Road to Wellville1994producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life of David Gale2003Partygoer (uncredited)
Angela's Ashes1999Dr. Campbell
Evita1996Tormented Film Director
The Commitments1991Eejit Record Producer
Midnight Express1978Long-Haired Man at Airport (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evita1996music producer
Madonna: You Must Love Me1996Video short music producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Renegade MTV Special1990TV Movie

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Side by Side2012Documentary special thanks - as Sir Alan William Parker
The Man Who Married Himself2010Short very special thanks
St. Trinian's2007very special thanks
Boot Polish2007Short very special thanks
36 pasos2006spiritual support
Waiting for Sunrise2005Short very special thanks
The Commitments: Looking Back2004Video documentary special thanks
The Making of Alan Parker's Film 'The Commitments'1991TV Movie documentary special thanks
Hellraiser1987grateful acknowledgment
Metropolis1927special thanks - 1984 restoration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alan's Ashes: A Personal Reflection on the Making of Angela's Ashes2016Video documentary shortHimself
Show Jana Krause2016TV SeriesHimself
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach2016DocumentaryHimself - Film Director (as Sir Alan Parker)
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film2014DocumentaryHimself
The British Film Industry: Elitist, Deluded or Dormant?2014DocumentaryHimself
Film '722013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Art of Cinematography at Plus Camerimage2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Living the Life2012TV SeriesHimself
Ad Men2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Xposé2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Award Presenter (as Sir Alan Parker)
David Lean in Close-Up2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Newsnight2008TV SeriesHimself
Timeshift2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Film Director and Former Copywriter / Himself
100 Films and a Funeral2007DocumentaryHimself
Movie Connections2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Alan Parker)
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHimself
Artworks Scotland2005TV Series documentaryHimself (interviewed)
Comme au cinéma2005TV Series documentaryHimself (Interview)
The 2nd Meteor Ireland Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself (as Sir Alan Parker)
The Commitments: Looking Back2004Video documentaryHimself
1st Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2004VideoHimself - Presenter
Freedom2speak v2.02004DocumentaryHimself - Director, Great Britain
After They Were Famous2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Kelly2003TV SeriesHimself
Frids film2003TV SeriesHimself
Sen kväll med Luuk2003TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2003TV Series
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
The Men from the Agency2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love 1980's2001TV Series documentaryHimself
There's Only One Madonna2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fading Images2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures2001DocumentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall2000Video documentaryHimself
Bravo Profiles2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest TV Ads2000TV SpecialHimself
Arena2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Retrospective: Looking Back at the Wall1999Video documentaryHimself
Our Vera1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film Futures 20001999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Magacine1997TV SeriesHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Omnibus1997TV Series documentary
Face to Face1997TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Winner & Nominee
100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons1996Video documentaryHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Showbiz Today1996TV SeriesHimself
A New Madonna: The Making of 'Evita'1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hola Susana1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moviewatch1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Cinema 31995TV SeriesHimself
Moving Pictures1993TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of Alan Parker's Film 'The Commitments'1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show1990TV Series documentaryHimself
The Media Show1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The BBC2 Film Competition1983TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Judge
The Other Side of the Wall1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
On Location with: FAME1980Documentary shortHimself - Director
Les nouveaux rendez-vous1980TV SeriesHimself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The British Academy Award1979TV MovieHimself - Winner: Best Director
The British Academy Awards1977TV MovieHimself - Winner: Best Screenplay
The British Academy Awards1976TV MovieHimself - Winner: Best Single Play
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
España, plató de cine2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography1996-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Film
2008Special AwardCamerimageDirector with Unique Visual Sensitivity
2007Cinematographer-Director Duo AwardCamerimage· Michael Seresin
2004CineMerit AwardMunich Film Festival
2000CEC International AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
2000Audience AwardKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalAngela's Ashes (1999)
1997European Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsEvita (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorEvita (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalEvita (1996)· Robert Stigwood
· Andrew G. Vajna
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionThe Commitments (1991)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe Commitments (1991)· Roger Randall-Cutler
· Lynda Myles
1992ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearThe Commitments (1991)
1991Best Director AwardTokyo International Film FestivalThe Commitments (1991)
1988NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorMississippi Burning (1988)
1987Audience AwardWarsaw International Film FestivalBirdy (1984)
1985Grand Prize of the JuryCannes Film FestivalBirdy (1984)
1984Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
1982Guild Film Award - GoldGuild of German Art House CinemasForeign Film (Ausländischer Film)Fame (1980)
1979BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionMidnight Express (1978)
1977BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScreenplayBugsy Malone (1976)
1976BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Single PlayThe Evacuees (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalThe Life of David Gale (2003)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureEvita (1996)
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedEvita (1996)· Oliver Stone
1997Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Evita (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureEvita (1996)· Robert Stigwood
· Andrew G. Vajna
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama PictureEvita (1996)· Robert Stigwood
· Andrew G. Vajna
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical PictureEvita (1996)· Robert Stigwood
· Andrew G. Vajna
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumEvita (1996)· Oliver Stone
1994Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalThe Road to Wellville (1994)
1992European Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsThe Commitments (1991)
1991Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalThe Commitments (1991)
1990BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionMississippi Burning (1988)
1990Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalCome See the Paradise (1990)
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMississippi Burning (1988)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureMississippi Burning (1988)
1989Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalMississippi Burning (1988)
1989DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Mississippi Burning (1988)
1989DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesMississippi Burning (1988)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingAngel Heart (1987)
1985Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBirdy (1984)
1982Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalShoot the Moon (1982)
1981BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionFame (1980)
1981CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Fame (1980)
1979OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMidnight Express (1978)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureMidnight Express (1978)
1979DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesMidnight Express (1978)
1978Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMidnight Express (1978)
1977BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionBugsy Malone (1976)
1976Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBugsy Malone (1976)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMidnight Express (1978)


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#Quote
1[in a January 1988 interview] It's not my job to make you comfortable in the cinema.
2[on how he wrote his first screenplay Melody (1971)] I hadn't really thought about writing a screenplay at the time. I hadn't started directing, except for a few commercials in the basement of the agency where I worked. I was quite happy in advertising and had some success as a copywriter, so to get a film made of my script was as much a surprise as a thrill. (...) David Puttnam and Charles Saatchi (colleagues at the CDP ad agency) took me to lunch in Soho (Central London). They leaned across (the table), conspiratorially, and said, "Alan, we're thinking of going into film, and today we are going to discover you." I said, "Why are you discovering me? Why can't I discover you?" The plan was for me to write a script, and Charles to write a script, and Puttnam would attempt to sell them. I had never written anything longer than 30 seconds at the time, and so it was a shock when it got financed. Puttnam had obtained the rights to seven The Bee Gees songs from Robert Stigwood. This was 1969, and pre-Saturday Night Fever (1977)/falsetto Bee Gees - and so I wrote the script around the songs. There is a lyric in the song "The First of May" that went, "When we were small, and Christmas trees were tall, we used to love while others used to play," and I framed the story around that thought, mixed in with memories of my own childhood growing up in North London, mixed with a few memories from Puttnam. The film was mostly financed by Edgar M. Bronfman. Apparently his 16-year-old son, Edgar Bronfman Jr., read the script and recommended that his father make the movie. Edgar Jr. was also a production runner on the film. (...) It wasn't a big hit except, curiously, in Japan. I still get letters from fans of the film in Tokyo and Osaka. Creatively, it got us all started. Up to this point, I had no intentions of a film career, but on "Melody," I directed a small second-unit sequence, which was used, so probably I was bitten by the film bug then. Creatively, it has had an impact on other directors, as I have had many overtures, over the years, to remake it. Wes Anderson acknowledged that his film Moonrise Kingdom (2012) was inspired by "Melody." [Variety 2015]
3[on Bugsy Malone (1976)] I had four young children and we used to go to a cottage in Derbyshire at weekends. On the long, boring car journey up there, I started telling them the story of a gangster called Bugsy Malone. They'd ask me questions and I'd make up answers, based on my memories of watching old movie reruns as a kid. I'd won a Bafta for a Play for Today, "The Evacuees", for the BBC in 1975. Now I was trying to get into movies. The British film industry was flat: nobody would finance my scripts because they were too "parochial". So I wrote an American film, choosing to fuse two classic Hollywood genres: the musical and the mob. It was my son Alex who said: "Can the heroes be kids?" I'd done plenty of adverts with children, but a feature film is a logistical nightmare: the legal constrictions, schooling, minimal hours allowed "under the lights". But I was just starting out. I was fearless and a bit naive. For casting, I lugged a video camera all over America, and even went to US airforce bases in the UK. We recorded almost 100 school Christmas shows and saw almost 10,000 kids. In a Catholic school in Brooklyn, I asked: "Who's the most badly behaved kid in the class?" Thirty kids pointed to one chubby little boy at the back. "Cassisi!" they screamed. John Cassisi put his hands up and smiled. Although he had never acted before, he yelled out lines from script with gusto. I knew right away we had our Fat Sam. Jodie Foster, who played his moll Tallulah, had made more films than I had, so probably knew more about film-making. She was 13 but had been acting since she was three, and had just filmed Taxi Driver (1976). She got on well with the cast, and certainly wasn't aloof, which she had every right to be. I suspect she relished being surrounded by kids for once, as she had spent her professional life surrounded by adults. Although Scott Baio, our Bugsy, was perfectly behaved on set, he was probably a handful for the chaperones. Each morning, he'd regale us with the antics from the night before. A starchy version of Cinderella was shooting at Pinewood at the same time we were there. Its makers constantly complained that our mini-gangsters were running up and down the corridors, terrorising the Cinderella cast in their crinolines and powdered wigs. The film was quite successful in the UK, but not in the US. Over the years, when I've done retrospectives, I've never included it, as I didn't think it fitted with the rest of my work. But curiously, as I get older, I realise it still looks modern. It hasn't dated. I'm rather proud of it. [2015, The Guardian]
4[meeting an unknown Paul Thomas Anderson at a parking lot after an event at the USC film school] As I pulled away I could see in my mirror a young man chasing after me, waving a videotape. He ran alongside, banging at the window. I stopped, wound down the window, and he thrust the videotape through the window saying he'd made a short film and really wanted me to look at it. The short was The Dirk Diggler Story (1988), which I looked at and thought was quite brilliant.
5Every time I've been to Cannes, I've made up my mind never to return. Every time my vanity wins over.
6Making a film is so hard that if you don't have your main actors going along with the ride with the rest of the crew it can make your life very difficult. Particularly within the Hollywood machine. They've allowed more stars to take over and it can make everyone else's life a misery. But the truth is the actors are doing their job just the same as the camera assistant and the costume designer and everybody else.
7I'm always afraid someone's going to tap me on the shoulder one day and say, "Back to North London".
8I was once described by one of my critics as an aesthetic fascist.

#Trademark
1His films often have a dark, noirish look to them. They are often lit in very dark colors.
2Films based on True Stories
3Graphic and Brutal depiction of Violence
4Musical

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