Mystify: Michael Hutchence (image 1)

An intimate look back at the life and times of this enigmatic and talented man, gone too soon… Mystify takes you on an honest and often heartbreaking journey.

Emily Sears, Birth.Movies.Death.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence 2019

Directed by Richard Lowenstein Music & Dance

Richard Lowenstein, who directed Michael Hutchence in Dogs in Space, combines rare archive footage and intimate insights from the people who were close to the INXS rock icon, in this major documentary.

102 minutes DCP
M
mature themes and coarse language

Director/Screenplay

Producers

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

Photography

Andrew de Groot

Editors

Richard Lowenstein
,
Lynn-Maree Milburn
,
Tayler Martin

Music

Warren Ellis
,
INXS

With

Michele Bennett
,
Kylie Minogue
,
Helena Christensen
,
Susie Hutchence
,
Kell Hutchence
,
Tina Hutchence
,
Rhett Hutchence

Festivals

Tribeca 2019

Elsewhere

Presented in Association With

The Sound

This deeply affecting portrait of Michael Hutchence honours the INXS frontman’s legacy in the best ways imaginable: through his music, propelled by extraordinary stage charisma; the friends, family and lovers he touched; and a nuanced study of the events leading up to his suicide at the age of 37.

Revelations about the star’s head injury and his entanglement with Paula Yates, Bob Geldof and their children, won’t be news to fans, however the measure of Mystify’s rational approach to the circumstances – which pushes back against the pitiful sensationalism of tabloid media reports – ensures Hutchence’s dignity is always in the foreground, and that he gets the documentary he deserved.  

“Twenty-two years after Michael Hutchence’s death at the age of 37, Richard Lowenstein’s documentary… [on] the Australian singer justifies his status as a genuine rock god. The densely woven and worshipfully presented archival footage of the INXS frontman… is a reminder that in terms of wild talent and Dionysian sexiness, he belongs in the same company as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, and Robert Plant.

Much more importantly, the film makes a powerful case that, despite a troubled upbringing, Hutchence was not naturally self-destructive… [Through] moving and insightful interviews with his sister Tina, their younger brother Rhett, and… Hutchence’s lovers Michèle Bennett (who was his longtime confidante), Kylie Minogue, and Helena Christensen… [it] cautions against treating the Michael Hutchence tragedy as part of a doomed rock star syndrome. In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute.” — Graham Fuller, Screendaily