A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends.
A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim. But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop. A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces moving forward and he has little defence against the onslaught of tabloid press that descends upon his world. Amidst the encroaching darkness, Michael’s new-born daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.
Richard Lowenstein has directed and produced five feature films including Strikebound, Dogs In Space, Say A Little Prayer, He Died With A Felafel In His Hand and the feature documentary We’re Livin’ On Dog Food. He has also produced two award-winning satirical TV series for SBS, John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran versus GOD as well as the documentary Intangible Asset Number 82. He is a partner in the Melbourne-based production company GHOST, and a partner in the feature film production company Fandango Australia Pty Ltd with producer Sue Murray. Richard also produced and co-directed In Bob We Trust, and co-directed Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard and Ecco Homo.