In Cinemas June 26

The Last Impresario

Director

Gracie Otto

Producer

Nicole O'Donohue, Gracie Otto

Genres

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Film synopsis

Notorious London theatre and film impresario, Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. In a career that spanned over five decades, he produced 101 stage productions, 27 films (including Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and helped shape the careers of international celebrities such as John Cleese, Barry Humphries and Kate Moss.

Michael almost single-handedly changed the shape of West End theatre in the 1970s, earning a reputation for the risqué with productions like Oh! Calcutta!, the original Rocky Horror Show, A Chorus Line and introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences.

This trip down memory lane shows how the son of a Jewish glove maker from Scotland became The Man with the Golden Touch, an inveterate gambler, playboy and eccentric friend of the rich and famous.

Directed by Australian filmmaker, Gracie Otto the must-see documentary features over 50 interviews with many of his closest friends including Naomi Watts, John Waters, Anna Wintour, Greta Scacchi, Rachel Ward, and of course, the man himself.

“He was the best-connected social network before Facebook” SCOTTISH SUNDAY MAIL

Press quotes

  • “The kind of glitzy, gossipy, celebrity-jammed story that grabs you from the first frame... effortlessly enjoyable journey”

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    The Hollywood Reporter

Running time

83 minutes

Country of origin

Australia

Year of production

2013

Classification

Nudity and Infrequent coarse language

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