Successful filmmaker Alan Parker dies at age 76

Successful filmmakers, Alan Parker is dead. Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK film industry and 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.

Parker was born in Islington, London on February 14, 1944 and began his career in advertising as a copywriter before graduating into directing commercials.

By the late 1960s he became one of a hugely influential group of British directors (alongside Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne) who revolutionized TV advertising by using cinema aesthetics for the first time.

In 1974, he moved into long-form drama when he directed BBC film The Evacuees, for which he won a Bafta award for direction; the first of his seven Baftas.

And he made so many outstanding contributions in the entertainment industry.

Parker rounded out the decade with civil rights drama Mississippi Burning, with Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best director, as well as five Baftas.

His many honors include the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema from the British Academy in 1984; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain; the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Photographic Society (both in 1998); a CBE in 1995; a Knighthood in 2002 and the Bafta Fellowship in 2013.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.

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