UMG, Passion Pictures To Produce Documentary On INXS' Michael Hutchence
July 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM (PT)
UNIVERAL MUSIC GROUP will produce a feature-length documentary film about the life of INXS lead singer MICHAEL HUTCHENCE, with PASSION PICTURE, an award-winning production company with film credits including the OSCAR-winning documentary "Searching For Sugar Man." RICHARD LOWENSTEIN, a close friend of HUTCHENCE, whose writing and directing credits include "He Died With A Felafel In His Hand," "Say A Little Prayer" and "Strikebound," has agreed to direct.
UMG Head of Film and TV Development and Production DAVID BLACKMAN commented: “MICHAEL HUTCHENCE was a musical genius who led one of the world’s biggest bands to global stardom, only to succumb to a tragic end. We have assembled an incredible team that is committed to telling his story and providing the world with a portrait of a man who left behind an enduring musical and cultural legacy.”
LOWENSTEIN added, “As one of MICHAEL’s closest friends and director of the majority of his and INXS’s music videos, concert films, and his only lead role in a dramatic feature film, I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years. To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG, UK’s PASSION PICTURES, GHOST PICTURES, CHRIS and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.”
PASSION PICTURES' JOHN BATTSEK said: "To be a part of such an impressive team embarking on making the definitive INXS/MICHAEL HUTCHENCE feature documentary is a real thrill for me and everyone at PASSION PICTURES. To know we have access to everyone and everything required to make such a film and the full support of UMG just reaffirms to us all that we can tell this story in the truest and most authentic way possible. That's why we make documentaries in the first place.”
CHRIS MURPHY, INXS’s longtime manager and Chairman of PETROL RECORDS, said HUTCHENCE’s daughter, TIGER LILY, will be a beneficiary of the film’s proceeds. “I am extremely proud that MICHAEL’s film includes TIGER as a beneficiary,” he said.
CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY (CAA) will represent the film’s NORTH AMERICAN distribution rights and worldwide deals originating in NORTH AMERICA.
The documentarhy will mark the 20th anniversary of HUTCHENCE tragic death on NOVEMBER 22nd, 1997, of what had been called a suicide, though the mother of his child, PAULA YATES, later told "60 Minutes" it may well have been "autoerotic asphyxation." U2's BONO, a friend, reportedly write "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" for the late singer.