Evita: About The Filmmakers

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Director, writer, producer ALAN PARKER wrote and directed his first film, "Bugsy Malone" in 1975. The film was a musical pastiche of 1920s gangster films with an entire cast of children. The highly original film received eight British Academy Award nominations and five Awards.

His second film was the controversial "Midnight Express" (1977) which won two Oscars® and six Academy Award® nominations, including one for Parker as Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe Awards and four awards from the British Film Academy. This was followed in 1979 by Parker's film "Fame," a celebration of youth and the arts, which won two Academy Awards®, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and was later adapted into a successful television series.

In 1981, Parker directed "Shoot The Moon" starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney, his most personal film to date, and the powerful "Pink Floyd-The Wall," the feature film adaptation of the successful rock album which has become a classic of the genre.

In 1984, Parker directed "Birdy," based on the William Wharton novel, starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Grand Prix Special Du Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

No stranger to controversy, his next film "Angel Heart," written and directed by Parker in 1986 and starring Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet, opened in the United States amidst a storm caused by the 'X' rating initially imposed on it by the MPAA.

In 1988 Parker directed the Civil Rights drama, "Mississippi Burning" starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Director for Parker and winning for Best Cinematography. Parker was also awarded the D.W. Griffith Award by the National Board of Review for directing. The film was nominated for five British Academy Awards, winning three. It also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

In 1989 Parker wrote and directed "Come See The Paradise," a love story set against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita.

"The Commitments," made in 1990, a story of a young Irish working-class soul band, won Parker the Best Director prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and British Academy Awards for Editing, Screenplay, Director and Best Picture.

In 1993, Parker wrote and directed "The Road to WelIville," based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.

In 1974, Alan Parker directed the BBC Television Film "The Evacuees," written by Jack Rosenthal, which won the International Emmy Award and a BAFTA Award for direction.

In 1984, to celebrate "British Film Year," Parker wrote and directed the provocative documentary "A Turnip Head's Guide To The British Cinema" which underlined Parker's fiercely independent and outspoken views as he lambasted the British film establishment and film critics. It won the British Press Guild Award for the year's best documentary.

Parker is also a novelist and author of the best-selling book written from his own screenplay of "Bugsy Malone," and Puddles In The Lane which was published in 1977. A compendium of his satirical cartoons, Hares In The Gate, was published in 1982.

A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, Parker has lectured at film schools around the world. In 1985 he was honored by the British Academy with the prestigious Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema, and in November 1995 he was awarded with a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the British film industry.

Producer ROBERT STIGWOOD was the first producer of the huge UK stage hit of "Evita" and his US theatre production of the musical won the 1980 Tony Award for Best Musical. Alan Parker was always Stigwood's first choice to direct the film of "Evita."

Robert Stigwood is the producer of the hit film, "Grease," which is now touring for the first time as a highly acclaimed stage musical featuring all of the film songs. His other UK stage production credits include "Hair," "Oh! Calcutta," "The Dirtiest Show in Town," "Pippin," "Jesus Christ Superstar" (also a hugely successful US Theatre production), "Sweeney Todd," "Sing a Rude Song," "John Paul George Ringo and Bert" and he is currently producing the national tour of "Evita."

Stigwood has produced many films including "Tommy," "Saturday Night Fever," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Stayin' Alive" and "Gallipoli," together with the soundtracks to "Fame" and "The Empire Strikes Back."

ANDREW G. VAJNA has been one of the most important producers in Hollywood for the past 20 years, first as co-founder of Carolco Pictures, producing such blockbuster films as the "Rambo" trilogy with Sylvester Stallone and "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since founding Cinergi Pictures Entertainment Inc., he has been responsible for "Die Hard With A Vengeance," starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, one of the biggest hit films of 1995, "Judge Dredd" with Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone's "Nixon," starring Anthony Hopkins and "The Scarlet Letter" starring Demi Moore. Vajna also produced Alan Parker's film "Angel Heart" starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro.

Line producer DAVID WIMBURY, first met Alan Parker when he was producing commercials for Hugh Hudson. Wimbury later became Parker's assistant director on "Midnight Express," production manager on "Pink Floyd-The Wall" and Line Producer on "The Commitments."

Wimbury first joined the film industry as a runner when he was 17 and became Assistant Director on many films including Blake Edwards' "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" and "The Revenge of the Pink Panther," Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" and Michael Apted's "Stardust." He produced Bruce Robinson's films "Withnail and I" and "How To Get Ahead In Advertising," and Dick Clement's films "Water" and "Bullshot" for HandMade Films, and was associate producer on Charles Sturridge's "A Handful of Dust" and Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners," production manager on Terry Jones's "Monty Python's Meaning of Life."

Wimbury has long been associated with Witzend Productions (Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Allan McKeown) working on numerous TV productions including "Porridge," "To Russia with Elton" and "Anyone for Dennis." Witzend Productions later became a subsidiary of SelecTV plc and Wimbury produced "Tracey UlIman Takes on New York," "Hearts and Minds" and "Pie in the Sky."

SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER is the composer of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Jesus Christ Superstar," the film scores of "Evita," "Gumshoe" and "The Odessa File," "Variations" and "Tell Me On A Sunday," combined as "Song and Dance," "Starlight Express," "Requiem," a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass, "The Phantom of the Opera," "Aspects of Love," "Sunset Boulevard" and "By Jeeves," an acclaimed reworking of his earlier "Jeeves."

His awards include six Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, three Grammys, including the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for "Requiem" in 1986, and five Laurence Olivier awards, his most recent award being two Tony's for Best Score and Best Musical for "Sunset Boulevard."

He is the first person to have three musicals running in New York and three in London, a record he achieved in 1982,1988 and again in 1994. He is the first recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Triple Play Award. In January 1996 the London production of "Cats" became the longest running musical in West End Theatre history.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, through The Really Useful Group, produces not only his own, but other writers' works including "Shirley Valentine," "Lend Me A Tenor" and "La Bete."

In 1988 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, and in 1992 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to the arts. He was inducted into the American Songwriters' Hall of Fame and given the Praemium Imperiale Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, "Whistle Down The Wind" opens in Washington in December 1996.

SIR TIM RICE, book and lyric writer for "Evita," has written the complete lyrics for five musical productions that have played in the West End and subsequently around the world: "Evita," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Jesus Christ Superstar" (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber), "Blondel" (music by Stephen Oliver) and "Chess" (music by ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson). "Jesus Christ Superstar" returns to the West End stage at the end of 1996.

He adapted the French-Canadian musical "Starmania" for English-speaking audiences and has written six new songs for the stage production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (music by Alan Menken), currently in its third year on Broadway. Several other productions are currently playing internationally with London scheduled for April 1997. He wrote lyrics for Cliff Richard's 1995 album Heathcliff based on the character from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, to John Farrar's music, which became a touring show for Cliff Richard in October 1996.

Rice won Academy Awards® and Golden Globe Awards for writing the lyrics for two Disney animated features: "Aladdin" ("A Whole New World," with music by Alan Menken), and "The Lion King" ("Can You Feel The Love Tonight," with music by Elton John). "The Lion King," with several new Tim Rice/Elton John songs, will be staged on Broadway in 1997.

He has recently completed work with Alan Menken on a contemporary opera based on the life of "King David," to be premiered in concert in New York, May 1997. He has also begun work on a new Disney theatrical project -- a re-telling of the "Aida" story -- with music by Elton John.

Rice is chairman of the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, an organization that distributed over £250 million to sporting and artistic causes in the United Kingdom. He runs his own cricket team and writes regularly on the game for the Daily Telegraph. He was knighted in 1994.

César-nominated cinematographer, DARIUS KHONDJI, A.F.C., is one of the most exciting talents in today's cinema. Born in France and educated in photography and film at New York University, Khondji shot his first film as director of photography while he continued his work in commercials, collaborating with well-known directors David Fincher, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Chico Bialas and William Klein among others.

His feature credits include Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty," David Fincher's "Seven," Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's "The City of Lost Children" and "Delicatessen" which won him a Cé sar-nomination for Best Photography, with the film receiving a César-nomination for Best First Film, and winning the Grand Prix in Tokyo and the Grand Prix in Chalon, Milcho Manchevski's "Before the Rain," which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards® and won the Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.

"Evita" marks production designer, BRIAN MORRIS' fifth film with Alan Parker, having previously worked on "The Road to WelIville," "The Commitments," "Angel Heart" and "Pink Floyd The Wall."

Morris' other film credits include Sydney Pollock's "Sabrina," Tony Scott's "The Last Boy Scout," Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder," Chris Menges' "A World Apart," Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire," Tony Scott's "The Hunger," John Schlesinger's "Yanks," Marek Kanievska's "Another Country" and Louis Malle's "Damage."

"Evita" is Costume Designer PENNY ROSE's fourth film with Alan Parker, having worked on "The Road to WelIville," "Pink Floyd-The Wall" and "The Commitments."

Rose's other credits include Brian De Palma's "Mission Impossible," Christopher Hampton's "Carrington," Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands," Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart," David Hare's "Strapless," Pat O'Connor's "Cal," Marek Kanievska's "Another Country" and Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire."

GERRY HAMBLING, A.C.E. has been Alan Parker's editor since 1971 when Parker was a commercials director, moving with him in 1975 to edit his first feature "Bugsy Malone." Since that time Gerry Hambling has edited all Alan Parker's films: "Midnight Express" (an Oscar® nomination, a BAFTA award and British Guild of Editors Award), "Fame" (an Oscar® nomination, BAFTA nomination and British Guild of Editors Award), "Shoot the Moon," "Pink Floyd The Wall," "Birdy" (British Guild of Editors Award), "Angel Heart" (British Guild of Editors Nomination), "Mississippi Burning" (Oscar® nomination, BAFTA Award and A.C.E. Award), "Come See the Paradise," "The Commitments" (Oscar® nomination, BAFTA Award) and "The Road to WelIville."

Hambling, who has been an editor for 50 years (as of 1997) also edited Marek Kanievska's "Another Country" (BAFTA nomination), Roland Joffe's "City of Joy," Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father" (Oscar® nomination) and Ridley Scott's "White Squall."

VINCENT PATERSON is a highly regarded choreographer and director for the stage and screen and has been an important creative force in the careers of both Madonna and Michael Jackson. He directed and choreographed Madonna's "Blonde Ambition" tour and her documentary "Truth or Dare," Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour and also conceived, choreographed and co-directed the innovative "Smooth Criminal" number in Jackson's film "Moonwalker."

Paterson was nominated for a Tony Award for his choreography of Hal Prince's musical adaptation of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" on Broadway, and his talents have been reflected in the videos of such musical vanguards as Van Halen, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and David Lee Roth.

His film choreography includes Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and Sydney Pollack's "Havana." Paterson both directed and choreographed the TNT special "In Search of Dr. Seuss" which received seven Emmy nomination, including Best Choreography, and five ACE Award nominations, including Best Director.

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