The Last Impresario Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Last Impresario

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Nudity and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Michael White...more or less.

  • Starring:

    Michael White, Gracie Otto, Naomi Watts, John Cleese, Anna Wintour, John Waters, Kate Moss, Lorne Michaels, Yoko Ono, Nigel Planer, Rachel Ward, Richard O'Brien, Bill Oddie, Lou Adler, Nell Campbell, Barry Humphries, Patricia Quinn, Julian Sands, Greta Scacchi

  • Directed by:

    Gracie Otto

  • Running time:

    85 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    People smashing doors, broken glass mentioned. Damaged car. Blood/gore: Photo of man injecting intravenously (simulation). Aortic rupture mentioned.


    Nude dancers (full frontal male and female nudity). People in underwear. Skimpy clothing, swimwear, dance wear, cleavage. Kissing. Ogling, flirting, people licking/patting/touching mentioned.


    Alcohol (spirits, wine, port, champagne). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Simulation of intravenous drug injection (photo). Photograph of man holding a joint. Drugs, addicts, marijuana, smoking joints, taking LSD, opium mentioned. Gambling (horse-racing). A man inhales asthma medication.


    F-word. Religious references. Mid-credits scene.


    Michael White, theatre, producing, photography, London's West End, Gracie Otto, Cannes, boarding school, loneliness, biography, censorship, Cambridge Footlights, art, creatives, Oh! Calcutta, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Chorus Line, My Dinner with Andre, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sotheby's, ageing, reputation.


    Divorce, relationship breakups, strokes mentioned. Plane. Dead fish, dead cow.


    Fascinating, comprehensive, naturalistic, interesting, colourful, telling, warm-hearted, celebrity-jammed, impressive, enjoyable. Brilliant archival footage, energetic score, vibrant visuals, probing interviews, celebratory tone, scorching detail, slick polish, jazzy pacing.


    Occasionally overplayed, a little unfulfilling. 'Scratching signature' audio effect becomes grating, lapel microphones/wires frequently in view.

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