Mystify Michael Hutchence

Director Richard Lowenstein
Australia / 102 min. / 2019 / English

This elegy of Michael Hutchence, singer of INXS, pop star and sex icon of the ‘80s, reveals the troubled emotional life of a celebrity who wanted to be an artist and deliver an unknown hypothesis that would explain his tragic end.


Richard Lowenstein, creator of the masterful portrait of guitarist Rowland S. Howard Autoluminescent (2011), now looks at the tragic personal life of Michael Hutchence, front-man of one of the pop-rock heavyweights of the late 80s: INXS. Through loads of archive, candid interviews (Kylie Minogue, Chris Bailey of the Saints, Bono, producer Chris Thomas, ex-girlfriends, and family members), and truly amazing editing, he presents the Sydney singer as an irresistible man, all passion and magnetism, with the makings of a star evident from the first time he stepped on stage, but also too sensitive to survive fame. He went from being a performance animal that relished every second under the spotlight to feeling caged, unable to find his way as an artist after being labelled as a sexual icon. His life was all over the glossy magazines: a difficult childhood; love affairs with Kylie Minogue, model Helena Christensen, and TV presenter Paula Yates; the breakdown of the group; several well-known court cases ... everything is told here without crossing the line into morbidity, ending by sketching a plausible explanation for his death in 1997, until now known only by Hutchence’s most inner circle of friends and family.


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Entradas BCN



Showing format

in festivals
Tribeca Film Festival (2019), HotDocs (2019), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2019), Sydney Film Festival (2019)

Michael Hutchence

Richard Lowenstein

Richard Lowenstein, Tayler Martin, Lynn-Maree Milburn

Andrew de Groot

Sound designer
Mick Boraso

Music Composer
Warren Ellis

John Battsek, Andrew de Groot, Mark Fennessy, Maya Gnyp, Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Sue Murray

Film company

Film distributor

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