Commitments director Alan Parker has died aged 76
Director Alan Parker, whose work included The Commitments, Angela's Ashes, Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express, has died aged 76.
A spokesperson for the family confirmed in a statement that he died on Friday morning "following a lengthy illness".
Parker was well-known for using a wide range of filmmaking styles and working in differing genres. He directed musicals, including Bugsy Malone, Fame, Pink Floyd – The Wall, The Commitments and Evita.
He also directed true-story dramas, including Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, Come See the Paradise and Angela's Ashes. His other credits included the family drama Shoot the Moon, the horror Angel Heart and the legal thriller The Life of David Gale.
A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, he was also chairman of the UK Film Council.
In 1984 he was awarded the prestigious Michael Balcon Award by BAFTA for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.
He was nominated for Best Director twice at the Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, said on Twitter: "From Fame to Midnight Express, two-time Oscar nominee Alan Parker was a chameleon.
From "Fame" to "Midnight Express," two-time Oscar nominee Alan Parker was a chameleon. His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place. An extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/OxZPBxTE8F— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2020
"His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place. An extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed."
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, T.D. has expressed her sadness on hearing of Parker's passing.
Minister Martin said: "Alan Parker delighted audiences with a broad canvas of great movies, from the historical drama of Mississippi Burning to the musical comedy of Bugsy Malone.
"However, he became part of Irish film history with The Commitments. The movie brought Roddy Doyle's novel of life in the Dublin of the late 1980s to life. The movie, released in 1991, captured the soul of the capital's music scene and heralded the dawn of a new decade, one in which Ireland came of age on the world stage through its music and culture."
"At the close of that same decade, the Londoner also brought the work of another great Irish writer John McCourt to the big screen, with the movie of the acclaimed Angela's Ashes. Alan Parker had other links to the island, working alongside Bob Geldof back in 1982 on Pink Floyd - the Wall.
"My thoughts are with his family at this time.
"Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal."
Paying tribute to Parker, producer David Puttnam said: "I was always in awe of his talent.
"My life and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again."
Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.