MYSTIFY : Michael Hutchence (DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM) – Nadia Sawalha & The Popcorn Junkies REVIEW

MYSTIFY : Michael Hutchence (DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM) - Nadia Sawalha & The Popcorn Junkies REVIEW



Mystify: Michael Hutchence is a 2019 documentary film about the life of musician, actor and singer-songwriter Michael Hutchence, lead vocalist of the Australian rock band INXS. It is written and directed by Richard Lowenstein and relies primarily on rare archive footage, outtakes, private home video and audio commentary provided by friends, ex-partners, band members, record producers and family. An Australian-British venture, the film was co-produced by Ghost Pictures, Passion Pictures with Madman Entertainment and Dogwoof serving as distributors. It is in association with Baird Films and Film Victoria. Mystify: Michael Hutchence had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 25 April 2019, and was theatrically released in Australia on 4 July 2019. The film is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 18 October receiving generally positive reviews from critics.

Mystify covers the life of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence which features private home video and archive footage. It mentions an incident while bicycling on holiday in Copenhagen with girlfriend Helena Christensen, where Hutchence gets shoved to the ground by a taxi driver, hitting his head on the kerb losing consciousness. Included in the film are recollections with voice-overs by Kylie Minogue, Michele Bennett, from siblings Rhett and Tina Hutchence, stepmother Susie, producer Nick Launay, Bono and INXS band members, composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, guitarist Tim Farriss, bassist Garry Gary Beers and drummer Jon Farriss.

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20 thoughts on “MYSTIFY : Michael Hutchence (DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM) – Nadia Sawalha & The Popcorn Junkies REVIEW”

  1. Bob Geldof has a finger into all this leading upto Michaels death.
    the raid the cops did and found drugs at Paula and Michael's mansion. Too many fishy stuff in Michael's death. Geldof ain't a saint.

  2. Just watched this docu film, absolutely fantastic 💯💙 such a sad story, a talented and tormented soul in the end following the head injury 😢😢😢 you can see the change in the man 😢 MUST WATCH

  3. I think Michael, in some way, is really similar to Jim Morrison. They weren’t "sexy" because they are the prettiest, they have something in their eyes, the way they look at you, their voice, the way they move their bodies.
    It's funny as well that both had something medical for saying, that change them and change their personality.

  4. I wasn't an INXS fan but got to work with them and I have to say that Michael was the loveliest, most gentle person you could meet. The way he looked straight into your eyes when talking to you it was as though you were the only two people there, so much charisma and incredibly sexy but just so, so lovely. A sad and tragic end.

  5. Olfactory was the word you nearly got right, regarding our sense of smell. Offal factory! 😂. We loved Michael. I certainly relate to his sensitivity and his addiction and emotional issues. Luckily I have been able to heal. Being in the industry with that amount of fame with this type of nature is rarely possible without the use of some type of substance, I seem to think. Great insightful review, as always and I understand Nadia's passion about reviewing the film given some of her challenging life experiences with the men in her life. Xx

  6. Have always loved Michael since I saw him live at a local pub when I was 16 years old – such a tragic ending to both their lives 😢
    Saw this movie a few months ago in Australia and thought it was wonderfully made – there’s miniseries that was shown here in aust called “never tear us apart” which was good too and more about the band and the music

  7. Nadia, if you are interested his mother and sister wrote a book about Michael called Just A Man. Very moving and gives a lot of detail regarding the aftermath of his death and how his band mates and friends behaved when it came to his estate etc. Worth a read and definitely paint a different picture on the influence Paula had on him. Can’t wait to see this film!

  8. Please Nadia, can you let Mark speak! I would of love to hear from Mark who actually met Michael…you always want to dominate, its becoming unwatchable as its your view only!

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