Ausmusic Month is right around the corner, and with its imminent arrival comes the excellent news that Mystify, the critically acclaimed documentary on late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, will be airing on ABC and coming to iview in late November.
A deep and intimate dive into one of Australian music’s most iconic figures, Mystify pulls together archival footage and personal home movies, paired with interviews from Hutchence’s friends, family, and collaborators and insights from Hutchence himself.
Exploring the singer’s journey from childhood into the highs and turbulent lows of stardom, it’s an incredibly well researched and tender film about an artist who was as troubled as he was charismatic. Since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April this year, Mystify has garnered a ton of praise for its affecting and enlightening portrait of the INXS frontman.
The feature-length documentary is written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed music videos for INXS classics like ‘Listen Like Thieves’, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and ‘New Sensation’, as well as the Hutchence-starring 1986 film Dogs in Space.
The film also features a score composed by Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and The Bad Seeds.
Check out the trailer for Mystify below. It airs on ABC and iview 8.40PM AEDT on Sunday, 24th November.