Britain’s first black celebrity, Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, is profiled in this absorbing film.
The bisexual entertainer and cabaret star was a fixture on the social scene in the Twenties and Thirties, mixing with the upper crust and adding Cole Porter, Tallulah Bankhead and at least one princess to his long list of conquests. This intimate portrait of the dazzlingly handsome musician reveals how he shunned a life in the West Indies to follow his passion for music, ending up firstly in Paris and then London, where he made a name for himself as a popular pianist and singer.
Scandal followed when Hutch was discovered having an affair with Lord Louis Mountbatten’s wife Edwina, news of their liaison rocking the royal establishment to its very foundations. Interviews with family members and Hutch’s biographer chart the rise and fall of the charmer who seduced high society with his manners, poise and musicianship.