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SU 20 Festival Film | Mystify: Michael Hutchence

  • Parkway Theater 4818 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55417 United States (map)

Screening date: Sun. November 17, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Venue: Parkway Theater
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: Minnesota Premier
Run Time/Year/Country: 102 min, 2019, Australia
Director: Richard Lowenstein

Synopsis

"Mystify: Michael Hutchence" is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim. But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop. A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces moving forward and he has little defense against the onslaught of tabloid press that descends upon his world. Amidst the encroaching darkness, Michael’s new-born daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.

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