British filmmaker Alan Parker died at the age of 76. This was announced by his family on Friday. Parker was particularly successful in the 1970s and 80s with films such as “12pm – Midnight Express”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Angel Heart”, “Evita” and “Mississippi Burning – The Root of Hatred”.
His work spanned many genres; he also had great success with “Fame”, “The Commmitments”, “Evita” and “Pink Floyd – The Wall”. As a director, he was twice nominated for an Oscar.
Parker was involved in the British film industry and was Chairman of the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council. In 2002 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Fellow director David Putnam described the deceased as his oldest and closest friend. “I was always in awe of his talent. My life will never be the same,” he said. Director Nick Murphy praised him as a “huge talent” https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/. “Alan Parker has created so many wonderful films,” he wrote on Twitter.
Parker was very creative, wrote novels and essays about the making of all his films and drew cartoons. A few years ago, he surprised the film world when he announced his retirement. “Directors don’t improve in old age,” he said. “They repeat themselves, and although there are exceptions, their work generally doesn’t get any better.” Instead, he devoted himself to painting.
According to his family, Parker died in London on Friday after a long illness.