News October 30, 2019

ABC to screen Michael Hutchence doco during Ausmusic Month

ABC to screen Michael Hutchence doco during Ausmusic Month
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The ABC is screening Mystify Michael Hutchence, Richard Lowenstein’s cinema documentary on the late INXS singer on Sunday, November 24 at 8:40pm (AEDT).

It marks the end of the broadcaster’s Ausmusic Month celebrations.

Mystify grossed $1.1 million during its Australian cinema run in July through Madman (after its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25), and an additional $21,340 in some overseas territories.

The score for Mystify was composed and created by Warren Ellis of The Dirty Three and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. It also features some of the most iconic songs from INXS, as well as several rare tracks from Hutchence’s collaboration with Ollie Olsen in Max Q.

It began its UK cinema run on October 18 after its premiere in that country at the London Film Festival. The box office figure is set to rise as it’s been confirmed to open n the US and in more European territories.

UK-based Dogwood, which specialises in documentaries, has sold the film rights in the US to Shout! Factory. It will start off with a one-night-only event with Fathom Events in over 600 screens for January 7.

Other key sales include KinoSmith (Canada); Maritim (German-speaking Europe); UFO (France); Wanted (Italy); Piece of Magic (Benelux) and Reel Pictures (Denmark).

Watch the official trailer for Mystify Michael Hutchence:

Mystify has also scored several other TV screenings around the globe.

Aside from the BBC, which took it earlier in the year and confirmed a December screening, the doco will be seen via VRT (Belgium), YesDocu (Israel), Movistar (Spain), NTR (Netherlands), and HBO Europe.

In addition, Encore airlines has taken world airline rights.

Mystify is also getting an Australian DVD and Blu-ray release through Madman n November 20. Is extra features include an interview with Lowenstein, deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer.

Ausmusic Month will also see the ABC show a one hour documentary about cult classic ’90s music TV show Recovery.

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