Sir Alan Parker
Director, writer and producer Alan Parker was born in London in 1944. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter for advertising agencies in the 1960s and 1970s and later began to write his own television commercial scripts. In 1970 he received the D&AD Gold President’s Award.
He is the director of Midnight Express (6 Oscar nominations), Fame (6 Oscar nominations), Pink Floyd – the Wall, Birdy (Jury Grand Prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival), Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning (6 Oscar nominations), The Committments and Evita (5 Oscar nominations), to name a few. His feature films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars.
In 1984, to celebrate “British Film Year,” Parker wrote and directed the provocative documentary, A Turnip Head’s Guide To The British Cinema, which underlined Parker’s fiercely independent and outspoken views as he lambasted the British film establishment and film critics. It won the British Press Guild Award for the year’s best documentary. Parker is also a novelist, the author of the best-selling book written from his own screenplay of Bugsy Malone and also an accomplished cartoonist. He was founding chairman of the UK Film Council, a position he held for five years, and prior to that was chairman of the BFI. Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He is also an Officier Des Arts et Lettres (France).