Sir Alan Parker, the hugely celebrated filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 76 after a battling a lengthy illness.
Parker, a giant of the UK film industry and recognised for his work on pictures such as Bugsy Malone, Fame, Midnight Express and many more, died on Friday.
Having started his career in 1971, Parker’s films have earned both commercial and critical success. Having won an astonishing BAFTA awards throughout his prolific period of filmmaking, Parker’s pictures have also claimed ten Golden Globes and six Academy Awards.
His work, which also transcended the world of music when he created the quite brilliant music film Pink Floyd – The Wall, has been recognised on the highest level and, in 2002, Parker was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire with a knighthood for his commitment to British cinema.
A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and the acting chairman of the UK Film Council, Parker has been described by Film director David Puttnam as his “oldest and closest friend” in a statement issued to the BBC. “I was always in awe of his talent,” he added.
“My life and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again.”
Sir Alan Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.