‘The Last Impresario’ To Premiere At BFI London Film Festival

Gracie Otto’s directorial feature debut, about legendary British producer Michael White (pictured), has been selected to screen at the prestigious festival.

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Gracie Otto’s feature documentary, The Last Impresario – which delves into the life of the boundary pushing British stage, TV and film producer, Michael White – is set to have its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, which runs this October.

Otto first met the legendary British producer at Cannes in 2010, and immediately wanted to find a way to bring this man’s legacy to screen, one which is largely unknown by the general public.  

“Meeting Michael was such a life changing moment,” Otto recalls. “I’ve come to discover just how big a part he played in film and theatre history yet remained so enigmatic. He moved within an incredible circle of cultural icons, he was the life of the party and still lives in the moment, always looking forward. I’m thrilled we can share his story and it’s an honor to premiere the documentary at the BFI London Film Festival.”

A brave risk-taker and a truly unique pioneer of British theatre, television and film, White produced some of the industry’s most culturally significant productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Oh Calcutta, Chorus Line and Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

In Otto’s documentary, White’s story is partly relayed via a fistful of interviews and anecdotes shared by his friends and creative collaborators including Yoko Ono, John Cleese, Anna Wintour, as well as a number of Australians such as Rachel Ward and Barry Humphries.

The doco is produced by Nicole O’Donohue (Griff The Invisible), who was thrilled to have the film selected for the BFI London Film Festival.

“Whether it be by his theatre productions, films or parties, Michael was a man of his time who pulled the rest of society with him,” O’Donohue says. “It has been a long journey to bring this story to the screen. We have had many people contribute their time as a labour of love and for that we are truly grateful, and we are so pleased we can launch the film in Michael’s home town of London.”

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 9-20. Full program information can be found here.

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