Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Mystify: Michael Hutchence

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This terrific documentary, as complete a portrait of this talented singer as you could wish, has been created by Richard Lowenstein, the director of several INXS music videos.

At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head robs the famously sensual rock star of his most cherished senses. A series of personal battles follows, ending tragically with his death at the age of 37, the night before embarking on a world tour. Richard Lowenstein's beautifully sad documentary study of the all-too-short life of his late friend Michael Hutchence is a most moving memorial, and rather more about the man than the music.

Lowenstein’s proximity to the singer's sphere has helped him to enlist former girlfriends (Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen) and friends (Bono) in telling his story. Some of them have even provided camcorder footage and photographs from their personal collections.