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Cinema Expo fetes filmmaker Parker

Oscar-winner to recieve lifetime achievement nod

Multi-hyphenate Alan Parker will receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Cinema Expo Intl. Convention (June 21-24).

The director, writer and producer will be feted at the opening-night gala dinner party hosted by Universal Pictures Intl. at the Amsterdam RAI Intl. Exhibition and Convention Center.

Parker made his bigscreen debut in 1975 with “Bugsy Malone,” a musical tribute to 1920s gangster films. Cast entirely with children, the pic garnered eight British Academy Awards nominations and five awards.

Parker’s follow-up two years later was “Midnight Express,” which earned two Oscars, six Golden Globes and four nods from the British Film Academy.

Parker’s last project was 1996’s “Evita,” which he wrote, directed and produced. Based on the stage show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the Madonna-starrer won three Golden Globe awards, including best picture.

‘Ashes’ on tap

Parker is in post-production on the bigscreen adaption of “Angela’s Ashes,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir from Frank McCourt. Pic stars Emily Watson (“Hilary and Jackie”) and Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monty”) and will be released internationally by Universal Pictures Intl.

A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, Parker was honored by the British Academy with its prestigious Michael Balcon award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema in 1985. Additionally, Parker took his seat as chairman of the board of governors of the British Film Institute last year.

Parker’s list of credits includes “Shoot the Moon” (1981), “Birdy” (1984), “Angel Heart” (1986), “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Come See the Paradise” (1989), “The Commitments” (1990) and “The Road to Wellville” (1993).

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