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Alan Parker gifts personal filmmaking archive to BFI

Alan Parker and Madonna on the set of his film Evita Alan Parker and Madonna on the set of his film Evita
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Scripts, promotional material and stills from musical films such as Evita, Bugsy Malone and Fame have been donated to the British Film Institute by director Alan Parker.

The director has given his personal archive to the organisation, covering 45 years of working in film and television.

It includes his filmmaking diaries, described by the BFI as a “hugely important resource for students of films and television”, as well as scripts, production papers, posters and photographs.

Parker said he had “accumulated an awful lot of stuff over 40 years of filmmaking”, and added: “I can’t think of a better home for it than the BFI National Archive.”

The archive is based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.

Its senior curator, Nathalie Morris, described Parker’s donation as “an exceptionally rich archive charting the work of a British filmmaker”.

“His archive will provide a wealth of insights into his working process as a writer and director,” she added.

To mark the donation, the BFI will produce a season dedicated to Parker’s work. As part of this, Parker will take part in a Q&A session at the BFI after a screening of Bugsy Malone on September 24.

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