Mystify Michael Hutchence, a documentary on the life of the INXS frontman, is getting its Aussie debut at the Sydney Film Festival later this week, and a trailer has just been launched for it.
It comes from Richard Lowenstein, who not only directed the majority of INXS’s music videos, but also 1986’s acclaimed Dogs in Space, which starred Hutchence.
The documentary promises never-before-seen archival footage plucked from home videos, concert recordings, publicity interviews and recording sessions, alongside insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael Hutchence himself.
“I’m very excited that Mystify Michael Hutchence will have its Australian premiere at the amazing State Theatre in front of 2,000 people at the Sydney Film Festival,” says Lowenstein. “Michael would be over the moon at the dignity and respect that the Sydney Film Festival screening at this wonderful venue gives to this immersive portrayal of his life, talent and music. I would also like to thank all of the participants who agreed to take part in this unique feature documentary portrait and trusted me with their extremely personal footage, audio recordings, photographs and memories.”
Tim Farriss and INXS members spoke after seeing the film at a private screening last week: “I saw Mystify with Kirk Pengilly & brother Jon Farriss, an epic work by our old friend Richard Lowenstein who was such a huge part of our lives and very close to Michael. It was a very emotional ride, but Richard and his team handled it beautifully as only he really could and told us a bit of what to expect as we sat in the cinema before the lights went down. It’s an enlightening story about Michael ‘The Man’ with all the complexities of a remarkable life & hopefully Michael can now finally rest in peace… To Richard, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Andrew de Groot & all involved, we thank you…”
Mystify Michael Hutchence opens in general Australian cinema release on July 4. A soundtrack album will release on July 5.