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mystify: michael hutchence


reviewer: luke williams


A look at the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS. Deftly woven from an archive of rich imagery, Michael's private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family.

“Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (2019) is a respectful, thoughtful, and beautiful documentary chronicling the life of the legendary INXS lead singer. From the early start to the career highs, to the crushing blows and untimely end.


Interviews with the main characters in his life add insight and intrigue to the story and show the real person behind the public persona. It shows a tortured and heavy soul coupled with a very clever mind struggling to come to terms with life, love, and existence.


The accompanying soundtrack is, naturally, fantastic and showcased the true musical genius behind INXS. The clips of the music creation and recording processes offer rare glimpses into the thoughts and emotions behind the lyrics and sound.


It is definitely worth the time spent watching (just over 2 hours), even though it’s hard to comprehend the internal battles Michael Hutchence faced on a daily basis. It’s also frustrating to see the life cut short when there was so much on offer to so many people – but perhaps not enough for Michael himself.

An insight into the tortured and heavy soul of Michael Hutchence as he wrestled with life, love, and existence.


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