Archive of films Mystify Michael Hutchence / Mystify Michael Hutchence

2019, 108 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2019

A documentary journey into the complicated inner world of Michael Hutchence, the charismatic frontman of the Australian band INXS, whose popularity peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Director Richard Lowenstein elegantly combines home movies and news reports with concert footage and interviews with friends, colleagues, and former girlfriends – the only ones to whom the famous singer revealed his true self.


A feature-length documentary dedicated to Michael Hutchence (1960-1997), the complicated and fragile lead singer of the Australian rock band INXS, who died before his time. Despite his stardom, Hutchence revealed his true self to only a few. The film describes his journey from a fractured family background to the peaks of rock stardom and the years of living as a public object of desire. Then came the depths of depression. After an accident that occurred one night in Copenhagen the singer was never the same. He lost his sense of smell and taste, and his personality changed. He died at the age of 37. Director Richard Lowenstein, who now tells the frontman’s story, directed most of INXS’s music videos and cast Hutchence in the lead of his 1986 film Dogs in Space.  

Pavel Klusák

About the director

Richard Lowenstein (b. 1959, Melbourne, Australia). Selected filmography: Strikebound (1984), White City (1985), Dogs In Space (1986), U2: Lovetown (1989, doc.), Say a Little Prayer (1993), He Died with Felafel In His Hand (2001), Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011, doc.), Ecco Homo (2015, doc.), Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019, doc.)


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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
European premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Screenplay: Richard Lowenstein
Dir. of Photography: Andrew de Groot
Music: Warren Ellis
Editor: Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Tayler Martin
Producer: Maya Gnyp, John Battsek, Sue Murray, Mark Fennessy, Richard Lowenstein
Production: Ghost Pictures
Sales: Dogwoof


Richard Lowenstein

Film Director

Tayler Martin

Film Editor

Chris Thomas



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