Monday, July 25, 2016

INXS: Michael Hutchence documentary in the works

Plans for a feature-length documentary about the life of late INXS singer Michael Hutchence have been announced.

Billboard reports Australian filmmaker Richard Lowenstein - who worked with INXS for many years - will direct the project about the legendary frontman who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.

INXS formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide and had a string of hits that included “Original Sin,” “What You Need,” “Need You Tonight” and “Never Tear Us Apart.”

“I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years,” says Lowenstein. “To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG, UK’s Passion Pictures, Ghost Pictures, [longtime INXS manager] Chris [Murphy] and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.”

The documentary is expected to arrive in theaters at the end of 2017.

Among the beneficiaries of the film’s proceeds will be Hutchence’s 20-year old heir, Tiger Lily, his daughter with the late Paula Yates.

Following the singer’s passing, INXS worked with a few vocalists before performing their final concert on November 11, 2012 at the Perth Arena.

“INXS: Never Tear Us Apart”, an Australian mini-series with Luke Arnold playing Hutchence, aired in Australia in 2014 and its success returned the group to the top of the charts in the band’s home country.

See also:

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INXS continue to top Aussie charts
INXS make Australian chart history
VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen covers INXS classic in Sydney
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