It may not be a household name, but ‘Michael White’ appears on the credits of 200-odd theatre and film productions. A key cultural player in 1970s Britain, White’s midas hand touched everything from The Rocky Horror Show to Monty Python’s Holy Grail, and introduced ground-breaking figures such as Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to UK audiences.
A notorious playboy, gambler and bon vivant, the stories behind Michael White’s fascinating career are brought to life by Australian director Gracie Otto (daughter of Barry, sister of Miranda) in her new documentary, The Last Impresario. It features a wealth of unseen archive, alongside interviews with White’s friends and contemporaries (Mick Jagger, John Cleese, Barry Humphries, Yoko Ono, Kate Moss and many more). And with more than a few stories from the man himself, this is a non-stop, star-studded ride deep into the heart of the British theatre and film world, all told through the eyes of its ‘last impresario’.
The Last Impresario is on limited cinema release (with screenings at Curzon Soho, Gate Cinema Notting Hill and the Glasgow Film Theatre in the coming weeks), and is available now via iTunes. A DVD, VOD and broader digital release follows on October 27.