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From Bugsy Malone to Midnight Express to Fame, the director Alan Parker has had an amazing career. Now Bafta is giving him a lifetime achievement award

'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 is in reflective mood: the onetime scourge of all that is arty, self-indulgent and non-commercial has, to all appearances, mellowed. Not only because he has just been named as the recipient of this year's Bafta fellowship (the academy's lifetime achievement award), but also because he has been spending a lot of time working on his own website: collating pictures, writing production histories, reproducing cartoons; generally archiving his life's work.

"I'm quite proud of what I've done," he says. "It's the first time for a long while that I've started thinking »

- Andrew Pulver

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