A portrait of Michael White, the enfant terrible of London’s theatre-land in the 70’s, the man responsible for introducing Yoko Ono, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the international audiences.
BFI London Film Festival 2013
Dubai International Film Festival 2013
Rio Film Festival 2014
Hamptons International Film Festival 2014
DOCS NYC 2014
Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. The London theatre and film impresario produced over 300 shows and movies over the last 50 years. Bringing to the stage the risqué productions of Oh! Calcutta!, The Rocky Horror Show and to the screen Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, as well as introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences, he irrevocably shaped the cultural scene of 1970s London. Fondly known as ‘Chalky’ by his friends, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life character. Following a chance encounter with White in Cannes 2010, Gracie Otto has created an intriguing tribute to a truly fascinating entertainment figure with a remarkable cultural legacy.
Meeting Michael was a life changing moment for Otto and the beginning of a filmmaking journey which spanned 6 cities and 4 countries. Throughout the interview process Otto discovered the significant role White played in film and theatre history yet remained so enigmatic – until now. Michael White moved within an incredible circle of cultural icons, he was always the life of the party and he still lives in the moment even in his late seventies. The Last Impresario offers a trip down memory lane and a historical snapshot of an era that has significantly shaped film, theatre, dance and art.
Interviewees include: Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Naomi Watts, Barry Humphries, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Greta Scacchi, Nigel Planer, Robert Fox, Alan Yentob, Rachel Ward, Jim Sharman, Brian Thomson, Richard O’Brien, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Lyndall Hobbs, Sarah Hillsdon, Joshua White, Peter Richardson, John Waters, Alan Finkelstein, Lorne Michaels, Lou Adler, Sabrina Guinness, Wallace Shawn, Tracy Tynan, Andre Gregory, Jean Pigozzi and of course the man himself Michael White.
Gracie, from the Australian Otto acting family, graduated from Sydney Film School in 2006 and works as director, editor and actress. Debut feature The Last Impresario recently premiered at London Film Festival. Previously her five short films screened internationally. Lead actress in Three Blind Mice, LBF and Poor Little Rich Girls.
Director/ Writer/ Co-Producer: Gracie Otto
Producer: Nicole O’Donohue
Associate Producers: Naomi Watts, Jessica Carrera, Miriam Haleyi, Richard Coram
Executive Producers: Thomas Mai, Julia Overton, Mel Flanagan
Editor: Karen Johnson
Composer: Michael Yezerski
Cinematographer: Gracie Otto
Sound Designer: Lawrence Horne
Music Supervisor: Andrew Kotatko