Great British director Sir Alan Parker dies at 76

Alan Parker, who began as a copywriter at CDP in the 1960s and taught himself how to direct in the agency’s basement before commencing a distinguished career in feature films, has died aged 76. Among his films were Bugsy Malone and Mississippi Burning.

He directed numerous great commercials too, in early demonstrations of his power as a storyteller: especially with children.

And stars too.

We’ll return with a full appreciation later.

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.

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    Lovely lovely man of extraordinary talent and extremely generous with his knowledge. Every commercial a beaut. He only made 14 features, all a joy to watch. A brilliant visual story teller.