ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwired) -- Director Gracie Otto, Producer Nicole O'Donohue and Internationally acclaimed actress Greta Scacchi will be in Adelaide for the Australian premiere of the documentary film 'The Last Impresario' on Tuesday March 4 at 7pm at the Mercury Cinema. The film will open DocWeek 2014, Australia's annual Documentary Film Festival.
In her feature-length directorial debut, Australian filmmaker Gracie Otto profiles legendary socialite, Michael White. Michael White broke all the rules, a playboy, bon vivant and the man who transformed Britain's cultural scene in the 1970s.
Gracie Otto, Director said, "I am absolutely thrilled 'The Last Impresario' will screen as the opening night film for DocWeektomorrow night. Last year we came to Adelaide to pitch our film. One year later, after an incredible team effort... it feels like we have come full circle and it's an honor to be included in the DocWeek 2014 Programme."
Michael White produced over 300 shows and movies over the last 50 years. He brought 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, Michael is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there's notomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life phenomenon. 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.
'The Last Impresario' is a fast and entertaining documentary with a stellar cast including; Greta Scacchie, Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Naomi Watts, Barry Humphries, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, 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.
'The Last Impresario' will premiere in Australia on Tuesday 4th March, 2014 at 7.00pm. For further media enquiries on The Last Impresario contact Jacky Smith on +61 (0) 8 7324 9987 or [email protected]
"Michael White is the star at the center of this gloriously English answer to The Kid Stays In the Picture."
"The kind of glitzy, gossipy, celebrity -jammed story that grabs you from the first frame"
- Hollywood Reporter
"He was the best connected social network before Facebook"
- Scottish Sunday Mail
QUOTES FROM FILM
"There are films & theatre that tell an audience what to think and there are other film and theatre pieces that say WAKE UP"
- Andre Gregory
"A person like Michael is absolutely essential to a cultural revolution"
- Artist Jean Jacques Lebel
"Failure on Broadway is like leprosy..People don't want to catch it!"
- Barry Humphries
DocWeek is Australia's international documentary event, including the renowned Australian International Documentary Conference.
Jacky Smith +61 (0) 8 7324 9987