Documentary on Late INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence to Feature Unreleased Songs, Remembrance by Bono

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A new documentary called “Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar” promises to “make headlines all around the world,” producer Mark Llewellyn told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph over the weekend. The beloved INXS singer died in Nov. 1997 by suicide. He was 37.

The film is slated to air on Australia’s Channel Seven in honor of the 20th anniversary of Hutchence’s death, and will include previously “missing songs,” personal photos, home videos, and lyrics, according to the Sydney-based paper. A trailer for the film features U2 frontman Bono, who remembers Hutchence as “amazing and interesting and then tragic.”

Although INXS’ rise to international success has been well-documented, Llewellyn said he was given “unprecedented” access by the Hutchence estate (Hutchence was married to British television personality Paula Yates with whom he had a daughter, and dated supermodel Helena Christensen) over two years of shooting in five countries. “Michael left more questions than answers when he left us, and this documentary will provide those answers and much, much more,” he added.

INXS celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall. A feature film project is also in the works with director Richard Lowenstein attached. He shot several INXS videos including “What You Need” and “Never Tear Us Apart.”

Watch a trailer for “The Last Rockstar” below:


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    1. Claude Crow says:

      Unfortunately, this documentary won’t even mention what really matters, which is what happened to all of Michael’s money, and how does that relate to what happened to him.

      We can be certain this documentary won’t deal with that topic, because the man truly behind this documentary, ultimately, is Colin Diamond, Michael’s former financial manager, who essentially disappeared after Michael’s passing, along with Michael’s entire $22 million estate.

      And isn’t it interesting how Ron Creevey, a man who never even knew Michael Hutchence, and is essentially Colin Diamond’s puppet/lackey/public face, has been given Michael’s personal, private materials by “The Hutchence Estate” (i.e., Colin Diamond [via Chardonnay Investments]) to tactlessly exploit and make money off this film (have you seen that godawful trailer? Is that Bono talking on a skype call?? What is this, a youtube video???) — don’t you think, after 20 years, that Michael’s family should have received those materials? Per the instructions in the Will…

      And how did Tina Schoor, Michael’s half-sister, manage to end up in bed with the very man (Colin Diamond) she and Michael’s mother, Patricia, fought in Court for years to try to recover Michael’s stolen estate? I guess a few thousand dollars and a promise to be put in contact with Tiger are enough to make some siblings turn a blind eye to even the worst crimes committed against their brother / family.

      It’s good to see that Rhett, Michael’s full brother, did not throw his weight behind this debacle.

      Hopefully the feature documentary, ‘Mystify’, which will be coming out next year, by Richard Lowenstein, Chris Murphy, and the boys from INXS – the guys who truly knew and loved Hutch – will touch on these important questions, the questions that really matter.

      What happened to all of Michael’s money, which would now be worth over $100 million? Who is Colin Diamond, what has he done with Michael’s estate for the last 20 years, and why has he, not Michael’s family, been receiving all of Michael’s ASCAP royalties that entire time, and how does he manage to finance his lavish lifestyle, his yacht, his many houses all over the world, and his brother Stephen Diamond (Michael’s estate attorney, who was struck off as a Justice of the Peace of Australia for falsifying the document that had Michael cremated just four days after he was found, despite Michael’s express desire to be buried, and amidst allegations that Michael’s body bore the brunt of a beating), when he has no legitimate career or business to speak of?

      These are the questions that really need to be answered.

      Unfortunately, this joke of a documentary won’t even mention them.

    2. Also the so-called ‘journalist’ who ‘wrote’ of this article did not do even basic research otherwise they would know that I am in no way involved with any project entitled ‘Michael Hutchence: The Last Rock Star’ – Richard Lowenstein

      • Claude Crow says:

        Hey Richard. I’m looking forward to seeing your film. Hopefully it will deal with the important questions about what really happened to Michael and his estate. At least I know the people involved in your film are people who Hutch knew and loved.

    3. Gregg Numme says:

      Fascinating that after 20 years, the writer of the article did not do enough research to realize that Hutch never married Paula Yates…
      Looking forward to perhaps some new information about one of the most magnetic singers of our era and the devastating loss it left on our Musical landscape. Hopefully Tastefully Done!
      We could use a little more chill divine…
      Forever missed and unique – RIP Hutch!!!

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