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Sir Alan Parker donates personal archive to British Film Institute

Published 24/07/2015

Sir Alan Parker has handed over 70 boxes of documents and photographs to the BFI's archive
Sir Alan Parker has handed over 70 boxes of documents and photographs to the BFI's archive

Bugsy Malone director Sir Alan Parker has donated his personal archive, covering almost half a century of film-making, to the British Film Institute (BFI).

Sir Alan, whose career includes films such as Midnight Express, Fame and The Commitments, has handed over 70 boxes of documents and photographs to the BFI's archive at Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire.

He said: " It seems that I've accumulated an awful lot of stuff over 40 years of filmmaking and I can't think of a better home for it that the BFI National Archive.

"As a past chairman of the BFI, I know how everything is so diligently cared for out at Berkhamsted and it's good to know it's in safe hands and will be available to future students of film."

The BFI will screen several of his films at their base on London's Southbank, including Midnight Express, as part of a season dedicated to his career and is also organising a question and answer session with Sir Alan and his contemporary David Puttnam.

Two exhibitions at the BFI will include some of the newly acquired archive and a selection of cartoons drawn by him throughout his career.

Nathalie Morris, a senior curator at the BFI, said: " This is an exceptionally rich archive charting the work of a British filmmaker who has had a hugely successful international career.

"Sir Alan Parker is one of several distinctive talents to emerge from a very particular place and moment - the British advertising industry of the late 60s and early 70s.

"His archive will provide a wealth of insights into his working process as a writer and director, as well as enhancing our understanding of the film industry, and film-making, over the past 40 years.

"The BFI National Archive is delighted to be preserving this archive for the nation. We are incredibly grateful to Sir Alan for his generous donation."

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