Michael Hutchence to be subject of major new BBC Two documentary

Bono and Kylie Minogue among those paying tribute in 'Mystify'

Late INXS singer Michael Hutchence is to be the subject of a major new BBC Two documentary, Mystify.

Among those paying tribute in the documentary are Kylie Minogue, Bono, the surviving members of INXS, Hutchence’s siblings Rhett and Tina, stepmother Susie and producer Nick Launay.

Hutchence’s former partners Helena Christensen and Michele Bennett will also speak publicly about the singer for the first time in Mystify.


The documentary is directed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed several INXS videos. BBC Music’s head of commissioning Jan Younghusband said: “Michael Hutchence was one of the most influential and charismatic rock stars of the modern era, and I’m delighted that this moving documentary will air on BBC2.” There is currently no transmission date scheduled for the film.

A statement said Mystify will feature “rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family colleagues and Hutchence himself. The film portrays his life from the beginning of his fractured family background to the peaks of rock stardom”.

The footage has been provided by Hutchence’s family, including film shot by Michael’s late father Kell, as well as Kylie and his bandmates.

Formed in Australia in 1977, INXS’ hits include ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, ‘Suicide Blonde’, ‘New Sensation’ and ‘Need You Tonight’. They sold over 60 million records before Hutchence’s death from suicide in 1997.


After Hutchence’s death, the remaining members of the band continued with several further lead singers, including JD Fortune, who was recruited after winning talent contest Rock Star: INXS in 2005. Their final concert, with Irish singer Ciaran Gribbin, was in 2012.

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