Synopsis by Mark Deming
When singer and clarinetist Gerry Humphrys moved from Britain to Australia in 1957, he quickly became one of the most popular and influential musicians in his adopted homeland. Humphrys' jazz combo, the Red Onion Jazz Band, was widely regarded as Australia's finest trad jazz outfit, and when rock & roll became the dominant sound in pop music in the early 1960s, Humphrys embraced the new style as lead vocalist with the upbeat R&B ensemble the Loved Ones, which won him legions of new fans. In 1972, Humphrys returned to London, and seemed to disappear from sight, making no further recordings or personal appearances. Gerry Humphrys: The Loved One features interviews with Humphrys' bandmates and performance footage of the man in his prime, both testifying to his talent and influence; filmmaker Nigel Buesst also tracked down Humphrys at his home in suburban England to find out the truth behind his vanishing act. Gerry Humphrys: The Loved One premiered at the 2000 Melbourne Film Festival.