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‘What killed Michael Hutchence?’: how far does the rock doc need to go in 2019?

The film about the Inxs frontman follows Surviving R Kelly and Leaving Neverland in upping the stakes considerably

What killed Michael Hutchence? Mystify: Michael Hutchence brings new information to light. According to then-girlfriend Helena Christensen, in 1992 the Inxs frontman got into an altercation with a taxi driver which led to him falling and hitting his head. She remembers him lying unconscious in the street with blood coming out of his mouth and ear. Hutchence woke up in hospital angry and confused, and refused to be treated. After that, friends say, he was never quite the same: he became aggressive, erratic and “seemed to crave more danger”. His death, five years later, was ruled to be suicide by hanging but, Mystify reveals, the autopsy revealed large areas of brain damage.

Perhaps the desire to come up with such a revelation is particularly understandable in the case of Hutchence, whose death was
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‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’ Review: Dir. Richard Lowenstein (2019) [Lff]

Being of a certain age, Michael Hutchence was more known to me as a celebrity embroiled in a scandalous affair than as a musician. Growing up, it was one of the first times I remember the media being obsessed with a celebrity couple. His relationship with Paula Yates dominated the news, up until his death. In the years since I came to know his music, but never the story behind the man. Songs such as Need You Tonight, Suicide Blonde, and Never Tear Us Apart would become regular visits on playlists, but it wasn’t until Mystify: Michael Hutchence that a greater understanding and appreciation of the man came about.

Image provided by Dogwoof – Credit: Andrew De Groot

Assembled by Richard Lowenstein, this documentary is very much a personal journey for the director, having previously directed the singer in the 1986 film Dogs in Space. Lowenstein has created a narrative-driven by
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Unhcr Announces Global Humanitarian Award Ceremony

Venezuelan singer Danny Ocean is part of a global line-up of performers who will be honouring the winner of the 2019 Unhcr Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva on 7 October.

For 65 years, Unhcr’s Nansen Refugee Award has honoured everyday heroes who make extraordinary efforts to protect refugees, displaced and stateless people. From a surgeon risking his life in a war zone, to local heroes rescuing refugees from the sea; Nansen Award winners all share a deep dedication to helping people in great need.

“I know how hard it is to leave behind family, friends and everything you know to build a life again somewhere new,” said Ocean, who rose to global fame with his hit Me Rehuso, in which he sings about the love he left behind when he moved from his native Venezuela to the United States of America.

“Millions of people each year are forced into
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Tragedy is the at the forefront of trailer for ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

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Dogwoof has released a new trailer for Richard Lowenstein’s documentary on the Inxs frontman, ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’.

Nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Mystify: Michael Hutchence is written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who also directed the majority of both Inxs and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, ‘Dogs in Space’, in which Michael played the lead. As a close friend, Richard was given unprecedented access resulting in rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael himself. As a result, Richard was able to paint a truly unique portrayal of Michael’s life and career, reminding us of the genius that he was.

The film is a journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of Inxs, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely
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Midland Go for Dark and Mysterious in ‘Put the Hurt on Me’ Video

Midland tapped into the dreamy vibe of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” with their atmospheric new song “Put the Hurt on Me.” The country trio follows Isaak’s lead with the music video too, setting the tune to a stark black–and-white video (though theirs doesn’t feature Helena Christensen on a beach).

Singer Mark Wystrach and guitarist Jess Carson gather around a single microphone, as bass player Cameron Duddy harmonizes from afar. Lead guitarist Luke Cutchen, picking out the riff while seated on his amp, and drummer Robbie Crowell,
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Get to know the man behind the music in trailer for ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

Dogwoof has released a new trailer for Richard Lowenstein’s documentary on the Inxs frontman, ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’.

Nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Mystify: Michael Hutchence is written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who also directed the majority of both Inxs and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, ‘Dogs in Space’, in which Michael played the lead. As a close friend, Richard was given unprecedented access resulting in rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael himself. As a result, Richard was able to paint a truly unique portrayal of Michael’s life and career, reminding us of the genius that he was.

The film is a journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of Inxs, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely
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October Release Set For ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

Image provided by Dogwoof – Credit: Andrew De Groot

An October release has been set for the documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence. The ilm is a documentary revolving around the charismatic Inxs frontman and will land in cinemas on 18th October courtesy of Dogwoof.

Here’s the synopsis as provided by the distributor.

Nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Mystify: Michael Hutchence is written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who also directed the majority of both Inxs and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, Dogs in Space, in which Michael played the lead. As a close friend, Richard was given unprecedented access resulting in rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael himself. As a result, Richard was able to paint a truly unique portrayal of Michael’s life and career, reminding us of the genius that he was.
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Exclusive Podcast Interview Reveals What’s Keeping Cate Blanchett Awake at Night’

In an exclusive interview just released, actor Cate Blanchett discusses details of her experiences meeting refugees all over the world and how being a mother has informed and inspired her work with refugees.

Blanchett reveals what keeps her awake at night: the knowledge that parents choosing to make dangerous journeys to seek safety for their children are not doing so lightly, but doing so because they are thinking profoundly about their children’s future. And that it is many of those people are the people who are being washed up on the beaches. She says, “Think. Just think about that, as you’re drifting off to sleep.”

The interview features in the final episode of this season’s award winning ‘Awake at Night’ Podcast hosted by the Un Refugee Agency. The podcast features remarkable humanitarians and individuals who provide unique and intimate insights into their work with refugees. They disclose what drives them,
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Helena Christensen Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Unhcr

Unhcr, the Un Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of model, photographer and humanitarian supporter, Helena Christensen as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.

Helena Christensen visits with Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Credit/Copyright: Unhcr/Hector Perez

As well as being one of the world’s most recognizable faces, Helena has also carved out a respected and distinguished international career in photography. Since 2015, Helena has been using her creativity to work with Unhcr, the Un Refugee Agency to communicate refugee stories and amplify the voices of the displaced, travelling across the world to countries including Rwanda, Ukraine and Colombia.

On being announced as a Goodwill Ambassador today, Helena said, “Over 68.5 million people are displaced around the world and the number is rising. There has never been a greater urgency to show support for refugees. I hope to continue to advocate for refugees and humanize their stories. Those like Maribeth, who I met and photographed in Colombia,
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Diane Kruger Reveals Her Daughter's Personality: 'She's Not Really Girlie, She's Kind of a Dude'

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Diane Kruger Reveals Her Daughter's Personality: 'She's Not Really Girlie, She's Kind of a Dude'
Diane Kruger is opening up about her baby’s emerging personality.

Almost six months since confirming the arrival of her first child with boyfriend Norman Reedus, the star stepped out in New York City, where she revealed that her baby girl is developing her own little character.

“She’s not really girlie, she’s kind of a dude,” Kruger, 42, told People at the Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on Monday night.

Regardless, the actress said she’s saving special Chanel items for her daughter. “It’s fun to have a girl, I will say,” before adding, “I like that,
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Richard Lowenstein’s Michael Hutchence doc generates heat at Tribeca

‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence

International buyers are circling Mystify: Michael Hutchence, Richard Lowenstein’s revealing portrait of the late Inxs frontman, following the world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Negotiations handled by the international sales agent Dogwoof are expected to continue after the feature documentary screens this week at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

“We had great responses at the Tribeca press and industry screenings, which were attended by reps of some really good companies,” Sue Murray, who produced with Lowenstein, Mya Gnyp, John Battsek, Mark Fennessy, Lynn-Maree Milburn and Andrew de Groot, tells If from New York.

“We expect to get a report from Dogwoof in the next few days, and there will be market screenings in Cannes.”

Lowenstein finished the film, a labour of love, just before the festival opened, with the final version shipped to the event as he was en route to NY.

It features
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Film Review: ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’
“Mystify” — a portrayal of charismatic Inxs singer Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 37 — makes powerful use of family and personal footage to tell the story of a talented man beset by personal demons, but illuminates the influence of a serious head injury that he hid from the public. The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night.

Voiceovers from Hutchence’s intimates — family members, Inxs bandmates, record producers, managers and girlfriends — along with press interviews, concert footage and home videos, give context to the unexpectedly intimate film. The singer is seen with former girlfriends like singer Kylie Minogue (their relationship gave Hutchence his first taste of tabloid fame) and model Helena Christensen on personal trips on the Orient Express, at beaches and decadent parties in France. More everyday scenes from holidays and other occasions — in the family kitchen with his mother, with his younger
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BBC Explores Story Of Former Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence With ‘Studio 54’ & ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Producer Passion Pictures

BBC Explores Story Of Former Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence With ‘Studio 54’ & ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Producer Passion Pictures
Former Inxs frontman Michael Hutchence is the subject of a new BBC feature doc co-produced by Studio 54 and Searching For Sugar Man producer Passion Pictures.

The British public broadcaster is to air Mystify: Michael Hutchence on BBC Two, which will feature personal footage filmed by Hutchence and his former partner Kylie Minogue.

Written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who worked on some of the band’s early music videos, the film is co-produced by the BBC, Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures.

The film will look to uncover the secret and mysterious side of the singer and songwriter. It will tell the story of Hutchence, who died in 1997, through rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family and colleagues.

It will feature interviews with Helena Christensen and Michele Bennett, who have never spoken publicly about the rock star before, Minogue, Kathy Lette, Bono, Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss,
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Tribeca Film Festival: 10 Music Docs We’re Excited to See

  • Variety
While the Tribeca Film Festival usually has strong music entries, this year has such a bounty that narrowing our top picks down to 10 was a challenge. This year’s offerings range from documentaries on the legendary Apollo Theater, the Wu-Tang Clan and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman to music-adjacent films like Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” (about a world with no Beatles), and anniversary editions of ‘90s classics “Say Anything,” “Reality Bites” and “This Is Spinal Tap” — all three of which have special Q&As with castmembers after the screenings. Covering Tribeca’s 2019 music offerings alone, it’s possible to spend upwards of 30 hours in movie theaters over the next few days — be sure to check back for Variety’s reviews of many of these films.

All I Can Say [Shannon Hoon documentary]. The unofficial chief cinematographer for this documentary about the late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is: Shannon Hoon.
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World premiere for Michael Hutchence documentary at Tribeca

‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Richard Lowenstein’s feature documentary on Michael Hutchence will have its world premiere at the 18th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 24 to May 5.

Produced by Lowenstein, Maya Gnyp and John Battsek for Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures, Mystify: Michael Hutchence will screen in the documentary competition for best documentary feature, cinematography and editing.

Co-funded by Screen Australia, the film is described as an intimate look at the life of the Inxs lead singer through his many loves and demons, featuring Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen.

Madman Entertainment is the Australian distributor and Dogwoof is handling international sales. The ABC and BBC pre-bought the film.

Lowenstein tells If the doc features live music from Inxs and Max Q, Hutchence’s only completed solo album which was a collaboration with Ollie Olsen, remixed for Atmos, plus archival footage which had been in his attic,
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Guess what surprised singer Peter Andre

Singer Peter Andre still can't believe the "longevity" of his career, as he says he sometimes has to pinch himself to make sure he's not dreaming.

The 45-year-old singer said he still struggles to get to grips with having a career that spans 25 years, as although not everything he does "works", the things that do are always "bigger" than he imagines, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Asked if he ever has "pinch me" moments, Andre said: "Oh yeah. Not everything I do works - somethings won't be successful, but the others are 10 times bigger than I could have imagined. I think that's the thing - riding that wave. That's longevity."

The "Mysterious girl" hitmaker's biggest career shocks include bagging a World Music award and selling out London's O2 Arena.

"There are so many. I just got sent a video of when I received my World Music award in Monaco - that's like a Grammy to me.
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Diane Kruger Makes Emotional Appeal for Her Baby's Privacy After Unauthorized Photos Are Released

Diane Kruger Makes Emotional Appeal for Her Baby's Privacy After Unauthorized Photos Are Released
Diane Kruger wants everyone to respect her newborn daughter’s privacy.

On Tuesday, Kruger, 42, who recently welcomed her first child with boyfriend Norman Reedus, revealed photos of herself with her baby were leaked without her permission.

“Dear fans, dear non fans, dear paparazzi and anyone with a conscience. We were just tagged in these paparazzi pictures of me and our daughter. These pictures were taken without our consent and expose a vulnerable and innocent baby,” Kruger captioned an Instagram photo of the shot with her baby’s face blurred out.

“While we understand that some people would like to see a picture of our daughter,
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Aww! Norman Reedus Shares a Precious First Look at His Daughter With Diane Kruger

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Aww! Norman Reedus Shares a Precious First Look at His Daughter With Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, in November, and now we're finally getting a first look at the tiny tot. On Christmas Eve, the 49-year-old Walking Dead actor shared a photo of his daughter's hand on Instagram, writing, "A lot to be thankful for this year. ❤️ this one especially." He also praised the 42-year-old actress and his 19-year-old son, Mingus, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend Helena Christensen. "Love u Diane Mingus @helenachristensen Happy family
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Norman Reedus Shares First Photo of His and Diane Kruger's Baby Girl

Norman Reedus Shares First Photo of His and Diane Kruger's Baby Girl
Meet Daryl Dixon's own real-life Lil' Ass Kicker. This Christmas is a particularly special one for Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger: It is their first one with their baby girl. In early November, E! News learned that the 42-year-old Welcome to Marwen actress gave birth to the child, her first and her boyfriend's second. On Christmas Eve, the 49-year-old Walking Dead star posted the first image of their daughter, showing him holding her tiny hand. "A lot to be thankful for this year. [heart emoji] this one especially," Reedus wrote. He also paid tribute to Kruger, his ex-girlfriend and supermodel Helena Christensen and their 19-year-old...
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Diane Kruger Reveals the Sex of First Child With Norman Reedus 1 Month After Giving Birth

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Diane Kruger Reveals the Sex of First Child With Norman Reedus 1 Month After Giving Birth
Congratulations are in order for Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus. The couple welcomed their first child together in November, and on Monday, the 42-year-old actress accidentally let it slip that she gave birth to a baby girl. "She's very little, but I'm tired," Diane said. "I feel like a superhero right now." Diane's pregnancy was first reported back in May, though the pair never made an official announcement.

Related: Diane Kruger Is the Epitome of Cool During First Red Carpet Outing Since Becoming a Mom

Diane and The Walking Dead actor have been notoriously private about their romance since they were first linked in 2016, though they have given us a few glimpses of their love from time to time, including their sweet red carpet appearances. This is Diane's first child and Norman's second - he shares a 19-year-old son named Mingus with his ex Helena Christensen. Congrats to the happy couple!
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