In the 1980s and ‘90s, Michael Hutchence
was flying high and topping the charts as the lead singer of the hugely successful Australian rock band INXS. There was, however, a darkness that always hovered behind the spotlight. Hutchence, a man who saw rock and roll as “liberation,” was a natural performer who channeled his unique brand of exuberant vocals and charismatic sex appeal onto the stage until his untimely death at the age of 37.
Through a treasure trove of rarely seen archival footage and insights from those closest to Hutchence, director Richard Lowenstein
creates a documentary that is both kinetic and intimate, delving into the singer’s complicated upbringing, his rise to fame, the devoted love affairs with women such as Helena Christensen
, Kylie Minogue
, and Paula Yates
, a growing drug problem, the traumatic brain injury that changed the course of his life, and his never-ending struggle to make peace with himself.