Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Mystify: Michael Hutchence

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Documentary tracing the life and career of INXS's frontman, from award-winning director Richard Lowenstein. Nominated for Best Documentary at Tribeca.

"Through a treasure trove of rarely seen archival footage and insights from those closest to Hutchence, director Richard Lowenstein creates a documentary that is both kinetic and intimate, delving into the singer’s complicated upbringing, his rise to fame, the devoted love affairs with women such as Helena Christensen, Kylie Minogue, and Paula Yates, a growing drug problem, the traumatic brain injury that changed the course of his life, and his never-ending struggle to make peace with himself." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language102 minsAustralia
DocumentaryMusicFestival & Independent
Director:
Richard Lowenstein ('He Died with a Felafel in His Hand', 'Strikebound', 'White City')
Writer:
Richard Lowenstein
Cast:
Michael Hutchence
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"Oversimplifies Hutchence in a way that’s disappointing for such a complex character. Worth seeing for the candid footage, though, and undeniably moving."

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Stuff

Stuff

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Mystify is unapologetically one for the fans. But, seeing it as someone who thought he didn't particularly care about Hutchence's story, I was moved. A purported film about a pop star becomes an unannounced film about the tragedy and the horror of head injuries and the still little-understood and subtle damage they can wreak.

3.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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[Mystify's] an enlightening, tragic glimpse of an Australian icon gone too soon.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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While "Mystify" in many ways amplifies the tragedy of Hutchence's death, it also goes a long way toward explaining and humanising it.

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The Age

The Age

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Lowenstein's film has been a slow-burning labour of love.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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It should prove 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 that directly preceded his suicide at 37.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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...insightful and revealing in ways that most rock docos could only dream of...

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Mystify is unapologetically one for the fans. But, seeing it as someone who thought he didn't particularly care about Hutchence's story, I was moved. A purported film about a pop star becomes an unannounced film about the tragedy and the horror of head injuries and the still little-understood and subtle damage they can wreak.

3.0
1
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

[Mystify's] an enlightening, tragic glimpse of an Australian icon gone too soon.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

While "Mystify" in many ways amplifies the tragedy of Hutchence's death, it also goes a long way toward explaining and humanising it.

0
The Age

The Age

press

Lowenstein's film has been a slow-burning labour of love.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It should prove 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 that directly preceded his suicide at 37.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...insightful and revealing in ways that most rock docos could only dream of...

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