Mystify: Michael Hutchence


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Apr 28, 2019 9:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Mon, Apr 29, 2019 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Wed, May 1, 2019 10:00 AM
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Film Info
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Love & Relationships
Mental Health & Addiction
Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Richard Lowenstein
Producer(s):Maya Gnyp
John Battsek
Sue Murray
Mark Fennessy
Richard Lowenstein
Lynn-Maree Milburn
Andrew de Groot
Executive Producer(s):Maiken Baird
Domenico Procacci
Mandy Chang
Editor(s):Richard Lowenstein
Lynn-Maree Milburn
Tayler Martin
Cinematography:Andrew de Groot
Composer:Michael Hutchence
Andrew Farriss
Ollie Olsen
Warren Ellis
Sound:Robert Mackenzie


Australian band INXS provided the soundtrack to millions of lives in the 1980s and 90s and made an entire generation sit up and listen like thieves to their music. Wildly popular lead singer and songwriter Michael Hutchence created a new sensation with his unmistakable voice, but who was this shining star? Long-time collaborator and music video director Richard Lowenstein creates a loving tribute to the frontman who shared the gift of his massive talent with a public who barely knew him. Remembered by the men and women who understood him best, Hutchence is shown in split-screen as both sophisticated and gregarious, shy and insecure. All the voices featured, including famous girlfriends Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen, remember the good and bad times through intimate home movies and private memories. We may sing along to his songs but what do we really know about this sensualist whose original sin was feeling too much and who disappeared from the world once he could no longer find pleasure in it? Angie Driscoll

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Additional Information

  • Variety - "Makes powerful use of family and personal footage to tell the story of a talented man beset by personal demons."