Alan Parker

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Rikki Beadle-Blair: the brilliant stage and screen writer who should be a household name
He has brought Black, gay and working-class experiences to a massive audience – as writer and director of countless plays and films, and creator of the pioneering TV show Metrosexuality

Jason Okundaye

20, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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An oral history of Fame: 'We were dancing on cars in the epicentre of porn and filth!'
It was the late director Alan Parker’s most enduring hit, capturing what it was to be young and ambitious in the hot, gritty New York of 1980. The cast and crew reflect on the acting, fighting, flirting and fallout

Catherine Shoard

19, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Fame star Barry Miller remembers Alan Parker: 'He changed my career, almost instantaneously'
The Tony-award winning actor, who played Ralph Garcia in Parker’s 1980 hit, looks back at a collaboration which was fraught, fruitful – and life-changing

Barry Miller

19, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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'We all felt like the kids from Fame!' Stage stars on Alan Parker's classic
For Mica Paris, Jenna Russell and Drew McOnie, the hit film was not only an inspiration – it mirrored the exuberant joy and harsh reality of show business

Interviews by Lyndsey Winship

04, Aug, 2020 @1:40 PM

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Sir Alan Parker obituary
Award-winning film director whose eclectic oeuvre included Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, Angel Heart and Evita

Ronald Bergan

31, Jul, 2020 @6:08 PM

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Alan Parker: a maker of glorious films with a gift for connecting with audiences | Peter Bradshaw
From Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning, Shoot the Moon to Angel Heart, Parker was a craftsman committed to entertaining cinemagoers

Peter Bradshaw

31, Jul, 2020 @5:22 PM

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Alan Parker, director of Midnight Express and Bugsy Malone, dies aged 76
Director who first made his mark in the 1970s and had later hits including Fame and The Commitments, became the chair of the UK Film Council

Andrew Pulver

31, Jul, 2020 @3:52 PM

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My favourite film aged 12: Bugsy Malone
The musical where cocktail-sipping kids pretend to be adults has a seam of pure feelgood that makes real life feel far away

Elena Angelides

22, May, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Albert Finney, legendary star of Tom Jones and Miller's Crossing, dies aged 82
Celebrated actor who rose to fame in the ‘kitchen sink’ era before evolving into one of the screen greats of the postwar period, has died

Andrew Pulver

08, Feb, 2019 @6:01 PM

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‘Film-making lost its lustre’: how Alan Parker found solace in art
Two years ago the acclaimed director of Bugsy Malone swapped his camera for canvas

Dalya Alberge

15, Jan, 2017 @12:05 AM

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Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways
The show’s first guest was marooned three quarters of a century ago this month. Here are the moments that made Desert Island Discs a radio classic

Stephen Moss

06, Jan, 2017 @3:56 PM

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How We Made The Commitments
Alan Parker: ‘The cast improvised like crazy, breaking the record for most swearwords used in a film’

Interviews by Phil Hoad

20, Sep, 2016 @7:00 AM

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