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Director Parker joins Bafta board
Alan Parker with Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney
Parker (right) made The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney
British film director Sir Alan Parker is to become a member of the prestigious board of governors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in Los Angeles.

Bafta's role is to represent, champion and honour the best of the UK's film and TV output and creative talent.

Parker is an acclaimed and award-winning film-maker. His most recent project was the current death row thriller The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney.

His role at Bafta LA will see him join a group of illustrious names, including Sir Michael Caine, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Barbara Broccoli.

Along with his film-making, Parker has become known as an outspoken supporter and also critic of the British film industry.

He was particularly vociferous about the industry's perceived disorganisation when he was head of the British Film Institute.

Parker has also been the chairman of the UK's Film Council, set up to oversee film policy as well as investing in the industry, since its creation in 1999.

Improved relations

Gary Dartnall, the chairman of the board of directors at Bafta LA, announced Parker's appointment on Friday, according to Screen Daily.

"His considerable contributions to cinema have distinguished him as one of the most rare of talents working today," Dartnell said in a statement.

The film version of Evita
The film version of Evita with Madonna was one of Parker's projects

"He has long supported Bafta LA and our efforts to reach out to the entertainment community

"We are certain that his new, more formal role will result in even greater relations between Bafta LA and supporters of British cinema and television."

Parker said he was very pleased at the prospect of his new role.

"I've been a long time participant in many of Bafta LA events and was delighted to be asked to join this prestigious group of governors," Parker said.

Parker's contribution to film-making as a director has seen him produce some of the most memorable films of the late 20th Century.

He started with the musical Bugsy Malone in 1976, which saw a cast made up entirely of children, in a pastiche of 1920s gangster movies.

He went on to make hit films in many genres, including the harrowing Midnight Express, Fame, Angel Heart and the musical Evita.

Parker was knighted for his tireless promotion of the UK film industry in 2001. He had already been made a CBE in 1995.

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