British film director Alan Parker passed away on the morning of July 31st, Friday. He was 76.
Parker was one of the UK’s most acclaimed and successful filmmakers. He was well-known for directing iconic movies like Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, and The Commitments. He also directed big-budget Madonna movie, Evita, as well.
The British Film Institute confirmed his death on Friday, stating he died after a long illness.
Alan Parker was a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the founding chairman of the UK Film Council in 2000 (a position he held for five years), and chairman of the BFI from 1998-99. His feature films won a combined 19 Baftas, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars.
He received a knighthood in 2002, Bafta Fellowship in 2013, and was also an Officier des Arts et Letters.
Parker first made his mark in the film industry during the 1970s and had later directed a number of hits including Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita, Fame, Birdy, Angel Heart and Angela’s Ashes.
Bugsy Malone was his first feature in 1975. The children’s classic received eight Bafta nominations and won five.
A number of celebrities paid tribute to the late filmmaker on social media.
Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber wrote, “Very sad to hear the news of Alan Parker’s death. My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen.”
Producer David Puttnam, who collaborated with Parker on Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express, added, “Alan Parker was my oldest and closest friend and I never ceased to be in awe of his talent. My life, and those of many others who loved, respected and admired him will never be quite the same again.”