Magazine article Screen International

Sir Alan Parker to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

Magazine article Screen International

Sir Alan Parker to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

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British director Sir Alan Parker is to receive the Academy Fellowship at the upcoming BAFTA awards.

Awarded annually, BAFTA's fellowship recognises outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previous winners include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, as well as last year's winner, Martin Scorsese.

"[Parker] has made an immense contribution to the British film industry, receiving a wide range of critical public acclaim for his writing, producing and directing across almost 40 years of film making," said John Willis, chairman of the Academy.

Parker's first feature film as writer and director was Bugsy Malone in 1975, for which he won the BAFTA Screenplay award. His films have won 17 other BAFTAs - including best direction for Midnight Express (1977) - ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars.

Other notable features include Fame, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita and Angela's Ashes. …

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