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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Richard Lowenstein

Sophisticated and gregarious, yet shy and insecure; Michael Hutchence, the lead singer and songwriter of INXS, was a mix of contradictions. Mystify: Michael Hutchence is an intimate portrait of the ‘Rock God’, featuring rare archival footage and candid interviews with the people who knew him best.

"A powerful, intimate and insightful portrait..."

For an all too brief time, we revelled in Michael Hutchence’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listened to the range of his extraordinary voice and witnessed the charmed way he travelled through life as he was propelled to world acclaim. But Hutchence struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop. When a violent event struck him, it changed Hutchence’s life forever, fracturing is sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he was unable to navigate the complex challenges he faced moving forward and he had little defence against the onslaught of tabloid press that descended upon his world.

Mystify is a powerful, intimate and insightful portrait of the musician, deftly woven from an extraordinary treasure trove of sound and images, including Hutchence’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family. This new documentary delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic icon and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.