British Director Sir Alan Parker who is credited with gangster comedy Bugsy Malone, Prison drama Midnight Express died due to a lengthy illness at the age 76. He also directed Fame, Mississippi Burning, Evita, The Commitments and many more successful films.
He is a two times oscar nominated, 19 BAFTA Award winner and six Golden Globe Awards. He has received the Grand Prix Special du Jury prize at the 1985 Cannes Film festival. Alan was appointed as the commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the British film industry and knighted in 2002. He worked with British and American film industries. He was also the founding member of the directors Guild of Great Britain. He was conferred with BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2013. Park has also donated his personal archive to the British National Archive in 2015.
Alan’s debut film Bugsy Malone in 1976 was a Depression-era gangster cast with children. The children sprayed whipped cream instead of Bullets, the machine guns. The film went to Cannes and was nominated for Palme d’Or. His Midnight Express in 1978 was based on true events of a Turkish prison . It also went to Cannes and won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and Best original score for Girofio Morder and further nominated for the Best picture, Director, Supporting Actor to John Hurt and Best Editing.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) called him an extraordinary talent. “His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place.