Tami Danielson

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Jun 28, 2020
Richard Lowenstein’s long-awaited documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence arrived in July 2019 after a decade in the works. It’s no surprise that Lowenstein seems to struggle a bit to determine the best path to take to frame Hutchence’s story; after all, they were close friends. That being said – it was definitely worth the wait.

Mystify is not your standard rock documentary. There are no talking heads, and there’s no narrator. Instead, Lowenstein relies entirely on archival footage – much of it shot by the singer himself, or by his intimate friends and partners – with his story told as an off-camera oral history by associates and lovers in particular, INXS’s United States manager, Martha Troup.

It contains hours of footage from audio, video and photographs, condensed and compiled into an hour and 45 minutes, but still leaves you wanting more. Starting with his early days, you can see Michael’s innate charm, and charisma. If the “X factor” is that indefinable charisma that...

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