“Midnight Express” and “Evita” director Alan Parker dies aged 76 after a long illness
Alan Parker is a British director, screenwriter, and actor, co-founder of the British Directors Guild and chairman of the British Film Council.
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His directorial works include Mississippi on Fire (1988), Bugsy Malone (1976), Ptah (1984), Commitments (1991), David Gale’s Life (2003), Heart of an Angel (1987), Midnight Express (1978), which won two Oscars for best screenplay and best original soundtrack. He also directed the musical films “Evita” starring Madonna and “The Wall” on Pink Floyd’s eponymous album.
In 1984, Parker won the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival for the film “Birdman”. He also holds four BAFTA British Academy awards. In 1995, the director received the Order of the British Empire, in 2002 he was knighted.