Sir Alan Parker, director of Bugsy Malone and Evita, dies aged 76

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Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76.

His many other credits include Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela’s Ashes and Birdy.

A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, he was also chairman of the UK Film Council.

He died on Friday after a lengthy illness and is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.

Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002.

Born in London in 1944, he began his career in advertising as a copywriter but quickly graduated to writing and directing commercials.

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Media captionSir Alan on receiving the 2013 Bafta Fellowship

In 1974 he directed BBC film The Evacuees, winning a Bafta for direction – the first of seven awards he received from the British Academy.

In 1984 Bafta honoured him with the Michael Balcon Award for outstanding contribution to British cinema.

That was followed in 2013 by the prestigious Bafta Fellowship.

Yet he was never honoured at the Oscars, despite being nominated twice for best director.

Final film

Film director David Puttnam remembered Parker as his “oldest and closest friend,” adding: “I was always in awe of his talent.

Parker’s last film as director was 2003 drama The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.

In 2005 he published Will Write and Direct for Food, a compendium of his often satirical observations on making films in the UK and US.

In 2018 he donated his extensive collection of scripts and working papers to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.

According to a family spokeswoman, he spent his retirement indulging his passion for silk screen printing and painting.

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