The director of Mystify, the new documentary about the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, can't say enough about the help he got from Hutchence's one-time girlfriend Kylie Minogue in making his film.
Richard Lowenstein credits the Australian dance pop singer for being "incredibly trusting" with him, not only to present the story of their nearly three-year relationship in a couple of lengthy interviews, but with using intimate home video footage of the two that included shots of her naked.
Lowenstein says he realized what might have happened had those videos fallen into the hands of the tabloids and could barely believe she'd let him have them. He says he'd known Minogue back when she was with Hutchence and he was directing videos for such INXS hits as "Need You Tonight" and "Never Tear Us Apart," but hadn't spoken to her in decades.
In the film, Minogue describes Hutchence as “a dark bad boy” who “opened [her] up [to] a whole new world” of “sex, love, food, drugs, music, travel, books, you name it. He wanted to experience it [and] as his partner I got to experience a lot of that as well...He definitely awakened my desire for things in my world...a lot of it based around pleasure, let’s face it.”
Mystify, which had its world premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival in April, will make it's British debut October 4th at the London Film Festival and open theatrically there on October 18th. An announcement regarding the film's U.S. run will be made soon, according to its production company. (NME)