THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE
ALAN PARKER wrote and directed for first film, Bugsy
in 1975. The film was a musical pastiche of 1920's gangster films with an entire
cast of children. The highly original film received eight British Academy Award
nominations and five awards.
His second film was the controversial Midnight Express (1977)
which won two Oscars and six Academy Award nominations, including one for Parker
as Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe Awards and four awards from
the British Film Academy. This was followed in 1979 by Parker's film Fame, a
celebration of youth and the arts, which won two Academy Awards, six
nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and was later adapted into a
successful television series.
In 1981, Parker directed Shoot The Moon starring Diane Keaton
and Albert Finney, and the powerful Pink Floyd The Wall, the feature film
adaptation of the successful rock album, which has become a classic of the
In 1984, Parker directed Birdy, based on the William Wharton
novel, starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Grand Prix
Special Du Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.
His next film, Angel Heart, written and directed by Parker in
1986 and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro and Lisa Bonet, opened in the
United States amidst a storm caused by the X rating initially imposed on it by
In 1988, Parker directed the Civil Rights drama, Mississippi
Burning, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for
seven Academy Awards including Best Director for Parker and winning for Best
Cinematography. Parker was also awarded the D.W. Griffith Award by the National
Board of Review for directing. The film was nominated for five British Academy
Awards, winning three. It also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
In 1989, Parker wrote and directed Come See The Paradise,
a love story set against the interment of Japaese Americans during World War II,
starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita.
The Commitments, a story of a young Irish
working-class soul band, was awarded a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture
in 1990 and won Parker the Best Director prize at the Tokyo Film Festival, as
well as British Academy Awards for Editing, Screenplay, Director and Best
In 1993, Parker wrote and directed The Road to Wellville,
based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, and starring Anthony Hopkins,
Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.
In 1996, Parker directed, wrote and produced Evita,
based on the successful stage show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and
starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. The film won three Golden
Globe Awards, including Best Picture.
Angel's Ashes, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning
memoir by Frank McCourt, was written and directed by Alan Parker in 1999 and
starred Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle.
In 1974, Alan Parker directed the BBC Television Film The
Evacuees, written by Jack Rosenthal, which won the International Emmy Award
and a BAFTA Award for direction.
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.
A compendium of Parker's satirical cartoons, Hares In The
Gate, was published in 1982 and another collection of his cartoons on t
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