september, 2019

201929sep8:15 pmMystify: Michael HutchenceRichard Lowenstein | AUS | 2019 | Documentary | 102 | English | Berlin Premiere8:15 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:BerlinFilm Tags:Festival Closing,With Introduction,With Reception

Film Info

In rare private footage Mystify: Michael Hutchence follows the lead-singer of INXS on his life’s rocky journey and shines light on a complex and shy man who showed his true self only to his very close friends. 

A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent the bulk of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends. Rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, family, lovers such as Kylie Minogue or colleagues such as Bono as well as Michael Hutchence himself, portray his life from the beginning of his fractured family background to the peaks of rock stardom and down into the depths after a freak accident that seriously affected his ability to deal with his unravelling personal and professional life.


“Powerful… Unexpectedly intimate” – Variety

“Profoundly moving…” – FilmInk

“More than a worthy tribute” – Screen Dail

“Phenomenal… An absolute must-see doco” – Weekend Sunrise

“Does justice to a larger-than-life talent that was taken away too soon” – Culture Mix

“A picture that’s just as poetic as the music it’s historicising” – The Music

“An emotional time machine… Reveals a side of the singer very few people got to see” – Birth. Movies. Death.

Richard Lowenstein directed numerous music videos for INXS (also U2) in the 1980s and 1990s. He has also directed and produced five feature films including He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, Strikebound, Dogs in Space, Say a Little Prayer and the feature documentary We’re Livin’ on Dog Food (starring Michael Hutchence).

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Additional Info

Please note that the closing night reception on Sunday, 29 Sep, will take place at 6:30pm BEFORE the screening of Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
The info in the printed program brochures is outdated.

The announcement of the Audience Award winners will take place AFTER the screening.

Festivals & Awards

Tribeca Film Festival

Munich International Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Hot Docs 2019

Doc Aviv 2019

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019