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 of Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates and interviews with the band and Hutchence family including sister Tina.
Michael Hutchence came to epitomise the very definition of leather clad sexually magnetic rock front man, but underneath it all he was a poetic and gentle soul. While seducing the world’s most desirable women, his childhood sweetheart remained a life-long confidante until the day he died. His famously uninhibited stage performances were only made possible when protecting himself from the audience in a myopic out-of-focus cocoon. The film presents an intimate narrative portrait imbued with authenticity, warmth and humour as Michael’s friends, lovers, band-members, family, collaborators - and Hutchence himself - guide us through a trajectory from unconventional fractured childhood to charismatic, turbulent and ultimately tragic public stardom; the quintessential Rock God.
Filmmakers: Richard Lowenstein
Country: UK, Australia
Tribeca Film Festival 2019
Hot Docs 2019