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BFI firms Parker as topper

LONDON — The British Film Institute has officially confirmed that Alan Parker, director of “Evita,” will become its new chairman when Jeremy Thomas steps down at the end of this year (Daily Variety, July 28).

Parker has spent most of his recent career in Los Angeles, but is returning permanently to Britain this fall to set up his new production company under a deal with Polygram.

In the past, he has voiced tough views about the BFI, and his appointment reflects the new Labor government’s desire to take a fresh look at the way such publicly funded bodies are run.

Wilf Stevenson, the director of the BFI who is also leaving this fall after nine controversial years, commented, “Although he has been critical of the BFI in the past, he has seen the change we have made in recent years, and I am confident that the BFI will flourish under his leadership.”

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