From a shy introverted young Aussie lad to the lead singer of global dominating band INXS, Mystify is a documentary totally devoted to the short life of Michael Hutchence.
Michael hailed from a well-to-do high flying family, with his mother having been a model in her day.
His parents would often have socialite parties that a young Michael and his siblings experienced in their youth.
It was not too long before the love of music over took him and him and his childhood friend with a couple of other locals forming the band INXS.
Writing music that quickly became a soundtrack for the 1980’s, INXS were on a rocket fueled rise, from sold out stadiums, supporting the UK based band Queen and slamming in a slew of number one hits.
The 90’s saw a bit of tail off for INXS, even seeing Michael try a solo gig, which failed.
Then in 1997 it was all over as Michael took his own life amid a turmoil fueled relationship with Paula Yates.
Mystify is not only the name of INXS’ signature songs, it is a documentary that is almost like a love song to Michael Hutchence.
Interviews with his ex-loves, managers and publicity people are orchestrated by voice over only, as the doco plays out with flashes of both professionally recorded and personal video recordings of Michael and INXS.
Mystify leaves you with a sense of emptiness by its conclusion. A tragic tale of a life lived, a life mostly loved but a complicated life made worse by later health problems and addictions.
Mystify is a definite must watch for those that were old enough in the 80’s to appreciate the music of INXS and of course fans of Michael Hutchence.