- Alan Parker
caption = Alan Parker, Warsaw (Poland), 15th October 2005
birthdate = birth date and age|1944|2|14
Islington, North London
baftaawards = Best Single Play
1978 "Midnight Express"
awards = Best Director
Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born
14th February, 1944) is a British film director, producer, writer, and actor. He has been active in both the British film industryas well as in Hollywood. He is a founding member of the Director's Guild of Great Britain.
Parker was born into a working class family in
Islington, North London, the son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/32/Alan-Parker.html Alan Parker Biography (1944-) ] ] . He attended Dame Alice Owens School. Parker started out as a copywriterfor advertisingagencies in the 1960s and 1970s and later began to write his own television commercialscripts. His most celebrated and enduring advertising work was when he worked for famed London agency Collett Dickenson Pearcewhere he directed many award winning commercials, including the famous Cinzanovermouth advertisement, starring Leonard Rossiterand Joan Collins, shown in the UK.
His start in film came through his association with producer
David Puttnam, now Lord Puttnam, when he wrote the screenplayfor the 1971 feature "Melody". Puttnam would later produce a number of Parker's films including"Midnight Express" (1978). This, his breakthrough, was a gritty film set in a Turkish prison that was lauded by critics and ended up earning Parker a number of Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture. He was later nominated for Best Director with " Mississippi Burning" (1988).
He was knighted in the
New Year's Honoursfor 2002. He received an Honorary Doctorateof Arts from the University of Sunderlandin 2005 of which his long time associate Lord Puttnam is chancellor.
* "Melody" (1971)
Our Cissy" (1974)
* "Footsteps" (1974)
The Evacuees" (1975) (TV)
Bugsy Malone" (1976)
* "Midnight Express" (1978)
* "Fame" (1980)
Shoot the Moon" (1982)
* "Pink Floyd The Wall" (1982)
* "Birdy" (1984)
Angel Heart" (1987)
Mississippi Burning" (1988)
Come See The Paradise" (1990)
* "The Commitments" (1991)
* "The Road to Wellville" (1994)
* "Evita" (1996)
* "Angela's Ashes" (1999)
The Life of David Gale" (2003)
The Ice at the Bottom of the World" (2010 (in production))
The Sucker's Kiss (2003). A
historical fictionnovel about a pickpocket in 1900s San Francisco.
'NO HARD FEELINGS' (1973) shown on BBC TV. First in a series ('Stories of the Blitz') about the second world war 'blitz' of London. The series was never made but the 1975 film 'The Evacuees' came out of this idea.
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