New Documentary, ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’, on INXS Singer, Due

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Several years after it was first announced, a feature-length documentary about the life of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is finally coming to theaters and home release. Mystify: Michael Hutchence will play in U.S. theaters for one night only, on January 7, 2020.

The film is directed by Richard Lowenstein, a close friend of Hutchence who directed many of INXS’ music videos including “Need You Tonight,” “What You Need” and “Suicide Blonde.”

Watch the trailer below.

Tickets for Mystify: Michael Hutchence can be purchased beginning November 8 here and at participating theater box offices.

From the Oct. 16 announcement: “Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.

“A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces moving forward and he has little defense against the onslaught of tabloid press that descends upon his world. Amidst the encroaching darkness, Michael’s new-born daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.”

Watch the Mystify: Michael Hutchence trailer

Its name comes from the title of a 1987 song from the band.

The documentary has played several film festivals. In its review, the Hollywood Reporter called it “essential viewing for the subject’s fans: a tender portrait of the man’s highs and lows that sheds new light on the broken years.” A home release is expected to be announced after the theatrical showing.

The Australian classic rock band had their U.S. breakthrough on their longtime label, Atlantic Records, with 1985’s “What You Need,” which reached #5. Things took off when the band delivered the Kick album in 1987. Starting with lead single “Need You Tonight,” the album had four straight smash hits off the album. “Need You Tonight” became the band’s first – and only – #1 U.S. pop hit. The follow-up, “Devil Inside,” reached #2. “New Sensation” hit #3 and “Never Tear Us Apart” peaked at #7.

In 1997, Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney, Australia hotel room. He was just 37 years old.

Related: Our story on “Devil Inside”

In addition, INXS’s legendary 1991 Wembley Stadium concert is coming to theaters for the first time. The show, INXS Live Baby Live, has been fully restored from the original 35mm print to create a new widescreen 4K Ultra HD version. The concert film will be in theaters in Australia and New Zealand from November 14, North and South America from December 9, and internationally from November 27. Check for local listings.

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  1. Chris
    #1 Chris 17 October, 2019, 10:20

    Was a great band. Sad when MH ended it.

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