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ALAN PARKER (1944 - )
Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. The early part of his career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television commercials. After about 10 years doing commercials, many of which won awards for creativity, he began screenwriting and directing films. Parker was notable early on for making films in a wide range of genres, often intentionally doing a film very different from his previous one in order to remain "creatively fresher." Actor Colm Meaney says that "it's the variety of his work that sort of staggers me." Among the different genres Parker has directed have been musicals, including Bugsy Malone(1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996); true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990), and Angela's Ashes(1999); and melodramas, including Shoot the Moon (1982), Angel Heart (1987), and The Life of David Gale (2003). "It is important for movies to have a message, without which there is little point in making a film," Parker states. British film critic Geoff Andrew states that Parker "is a natural storyteller adept at getting messages across by forthright methods: dramatic lighting, vivid characterisation, scenes of violent conflict regularly interrupting sequences of expository dialogue, and an abiding sympathy for the underdog." His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Academy Awards. Parker was awarded theCBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the British film industry, and has been active in both the British cinema andAmerican cinema, along with being a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and lecturing at various film schools. In 2013 he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest honour the British Film Academycan give a filmmaker. - Wiki
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The messiest gangster show ever. A children's version of a Chicago Gangster movie with Splurge guns and great songs. Whilst the acting is taken on by young people and the violence and seediness of the times are toned down to cartoon levels there is a good story behind all that. Jodie Foster was in the film version as Tallulah. Characters include: Bugsy Malone, Blousey Brown, Dandy Dan, Talullah and Fat-Sam. Songs include I Could Have been Anything That I Wanted To Be and Fat-Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy.
Book by Alan Parker. Music And lyrics by Paul Williams
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy 08 Aug 1996
Collins Educational, London, 1984 -
London cast recording: TER (1246) 1997
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