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Mystify: Michael Hutchence-2019
Genre: Documentary
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Writer: Richard Lowenstein
Stars: Michael Hutchence
Countries: Australia
Plot:

Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures and a documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.::Paul Gerard Kennedy

Also Known As: Mystify: Michael Hutchence New, Mystify: Michael Hutchence

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  • rhima-vrats-yan
    rhima vrats yan

    This documentary is billed as featuring behind-the-scenes footage that Michael filmed himself.That’s pretty much the only interesting thing about it. It adds nothing to the narrative nor the mythology of Michael Hutchence despite featuring voiceovers from former girlfriends and his manager.One for fans only.

  • leonidas-tzoubeles
    leonidas tzoubeles

    Save your money and wait for it to come on free TV then you can fall asleep at home in comfort

  • eriphule-boutsina
    eriphule boutsina

    I love Michael Hutchence as a musical artist and had read his biography “Lost boy of INXS” by his sister, Tina, which was an excellent read. Unfortunately for me, this documentary fell very short of expectations. We don’t actually get to see or hear a lot of Michael, other than what’s already out there on YouTube etc, and the editing was extremely choppy and disjointed. Sound quality was very bad too, with alternate scenes of closed captions and non-closed captions. I’m not old or deaf, but would have appreciated clarity on the muffled voice over.

  • damien-martin-daniels
    damien martin daniels

    As a good friend of the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, filmmaker Richard Lowenstein gets amazing, unprecedented access to home movies, personal recordings of Hutchence’s thoughts when he was alive, and interviews with close friends and family of Hutchence. The result is a wonderful and fitting tribute to a rock star whose music and charisma had a huge impact on his generation. People such as lover Kylie Minogue and manager Martha Troup speak in depth about what Hutchence was really like, and what drove him. The consensus is that he was an artist at heart – shy as a boy but a showman as an adult, who write his own lyrics and melodies and wanted to be famous, but who like so many before him, suffered the downsides of fame. Hutchence loved his parents, but the documentary shows how they had deep flaws, for which he forgave them eventually. The part I don’t quite understand is about Hutchence’s relationship with Paula Yates, and the circumstances that led to Hutchence’s death in a Sydney hotel. There were some very messy circumstances, and I’m not sure this doco provides many insights, aside from suggesting that Hutchence was down because he agonised over the prospect of breaking up Yates and Bob Geldof, and thereby hurting their three daughters, which may have reminded Hutchence of the pain of his own parents’ split. I don’t know about that. But maybe we’ll never know, because Yates and Hutchence are no longer with us. Hutchence and Yates were, as someone points out, bad influences on one another. It’s so sad, in any case, that Hutchence had such a terrible fall from his golden early years.

  • srta-elisa-porto
    srta elisa porto

    Can’t believe you’re now 57. We miss you. I was worried about you, where have you been?

  • michael-buchanan
    michael buchanan

    Great musician with a brilliant vocal. Pretty nice and genuine guy a must say ,down to earth. Bubbly and funny,enjoying the time of his life . Till the accident in Denmark,had a big influence on him and his personality,such a shame . Poor thing . Then Paula Yates come to his life and all went somewhere on the Sahara with plenty dunes too cross ,but it’s such long way to reach The Oasis…also media push him far away from The Oasis . Brilliant music ” Need You Tonight “

  • kiss-irma
    kiss irma

    I saw Mystify today at the BFI, with Richard doing a Q&A. Amazing well made documentary film, so recommended. It’s emotional, and certainly not a celebration so don’t expect to come out feeling happy, but I feel I learnt so much about Michael and why he was the great person he was.

  • dr-z-somogyi-zoltan
    dr z somogyi zoltan

    Director Richard Lowenstein’s tribute to the INXS frontman paints an affectionate, intimate and immersive portrait of a fallen rock star, disentangling him from the tabloid hot air surrounding his 1997 death. Archive footage and new interviews (friends, family, bandmates and lovers, Kylie included) humanise Hutch, giving equal weighting to his charisma, sensitivity and sensual pursuits. But it’s the detailed, cumulative effects of a random assault, career crises and family troubles that hit hardest, creating a grim, palpable sense of how trapped he felt on his final night.

  • pedro-miguel-rodrigues
    pedro miguel rodrigues

    A beautiful life lived fully, shared by those closest and dearest to Michael Hutchence and his own personal film collection, thank you to all who shared personal moments in telling his story. Sweet moments shown and a insight into who he was away from the stage – and his love of life .Watched this movie in a room full of silence with the odd tear heard, his brilliance still revered by many, his lyrical genius in writing, an amazing life from bullied teen to loved all over the world then and still now – an extraordinary talented man.

  • sakari-hamalainen
    sakari hamalainen

    …it sets the record straight on public perception.In his final days, Hutchence was portrayed by the media in the worst of ways. This documentary brings to light the real truth of that time and indeed his life.The media threw everything but the truth at this story back in the day. They had everyone convinced, but they didn’t know the truth.If anything, it just goes to show how influential the media are. Even me, a boy who lived and breathed the Australian rock band for a decade, was at odds with Hutchence in the mid 90’s and the media’s take seemed plausible.How wrong they were. Richard Lowenstein has restored the credibility to this fallen idol by populating the years with facts, some of which only came to light during the editing of the documentary.This is an important documentary, especially if you’re were or are still an INXS fan. There are also lessons in just how powerful the media are with public perception of celebrities.The damage that they are responsible for. I’m glad that after 22 years this goes a long way to setting the record straight.Watch this documentary and celebrate the life of a guy who was a wonderful talent. Because you’ve probably forgotten how good he was and also will discover how good a human being he actually was.Thank you for the memories Michael.

  • shane-calderon
    shane calderon

    A must see for any INXS fan or those who just grew up with them. Thank you Richard for gathering and creating such a special film.

  • derrick-cortez
    derrick cortez

    It’s said a great singer is great because they connect with their listener in a way that transcends a simple pitch perfect delivery of the notes. Maybe even that a truth is sent and a truth is felt in return. I knew nothing of this when Michael and INXS first kicked into my life but this film helps me understand why they moved me like so many haven’t. The film makers know their art also. It’s moving. Better than I ever imagined it could be.

  • valerii-andriichuk
    valerii andriichuk

    Don’t think I even moved from my seat I was so engrossed in Michael’s story. I loved how it was made with just footage of Michael and his life, and the voices of those in his life just talking about their time with him. I was so emotional at the end I could not hold back my tears for such a beautiful human being. So grateful to see this documentary about a man and his his band who brought so much joy in their music to so many.

  • mateo-araceli-vazquez-castro
    mateo araceli vazquez castro

    This extraordinary Australian (documentary) film weaves its deeply moving tale using expertly edited film footage from across Michael Hutchence’s far too few years, to present an audience with a flawlessly flowing movie. It is a story of the complexity and often harshness of life for so many brilliantly talented creatives whose intelligence is sometimes too much for a single brain to handle. The commentary is all soundbites from his friends and associates and his story unfolds in pretty much chronological order. ‘Mystify’ is also a touching treatment of depression and how it can grab hold and destroy in some cases. Although we know how the story will end, it is handled with compassion and nuance and is quite powerful. I’d thoroughly recommend this movie. It is moving, rather than depressing. We can all learn lessons from the lives of others and ‘Mystify’ teaches us lessons at every turn.

  • sigita-kazlauskas
    sigita kazlauskas

    I really hope this film gets a cinema release in the UK. Websites state that it is to be aired on the BBC but seeing Hutchence performances on the big screen would be far better. Fingers crossed.Update Sept 2019. The film is showing as part of the BFI London Film Festival on 5 & 6 October in London. I’m going! 🙂 Details at BFI website.