Alan Parker Quotes

Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. Parker's early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television advertisements. After about ten years of filming adverts, many of which won awards for creativity, he began screenwriting and directing films

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Alan Parker


Rain is also very difficult to film, particularly in Ireland because it's quite fine, so fine that the Irish don't even acknowledge that it exists.

Alan Parker


Personally I am very much against the death penalty for several reasons.

Alan Parker


I always argued against the auteur theory; films are a collaborative art form. I've had some fantastically good people help me make the movies.

Alan Parker


Period recreation is very difficult unless you make a black-and-white movie.

Alan Parker


Have a go. Anybody can do it.

Alan Parker


Film-making is a physically hard job.

Alan Parker


It doesn't matter what the technology is - no one will watch a Peter Greenaway film anyway.

Alan Parker


I'm always afraid someone's going to tap me on the shoulder one day and say, 'Back to North London'.

Alan Parker


A lot of directors prefer the solitude of the editing process, but I revel in the craziness of what a film set is.

Alan Parker


I turn on the TV sometimes, start watching something and think: 'This seems quite good, a bit familiar.' Then I realise... It's one of my movies. It's a pretty odd feeling.

Alan Parker


I've always been completely autocratic. I've never learned to be diplomatic or democratic.

Alan Parker


“People should focus their energy on developing a taste for dark chocolate, because its high cocoa content means that it contains far less sugar than the average chocolate bar.”

Alan Parker


“Well, if you ask any filmmaker how they got into it, everyone came a different route. I've never actually watched another director work.”

Alan Parker


“I hope it goes through.”

Alan Parker


A great movie evolves when everybody has the same vision in their heads.

Alan Parker