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Michael Hutchence doco to show a life lived INXS

MICHAEL Hutchence fans, you will get what you need to know about the music legend thanks to a new film that's about 18 months away.

Universal Music Group, Oscar-winning production company Passion Pictures and  movie director Richard Lowenstein will produce a feature-length documentary focusing on the INXS founding member and lead singer.

Hutchence, who died in 1997, is a hero of Australia's music history and was once a global superstar.

He formed INXS in 1977 and took the world by storm in the 1980s with a string of massive hits including "What You Need" and "Need You Tonight".

His only daughter, Tiger Lily, will be the beneficiary of the documentary's proceeds.

The film is expected to be released at the end of next year.

Lowenstein, who collaborated with INXS on a number of music videos, including the one for "What You need", said he was determined to ensure his film revealed the "heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man".

"To be able to embark on this film now … is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can," the He Died with a Felafel in His Hand director said.

UMG's David Blackman said the documentary would be an accurate "portrait of a man who left behind an enduring musical and cultural legacy".

"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," Mr Blackman said.

"We have assembled an incredible team that is committed to telling Michael's story."

Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November of 1997.

His death was later ruled suicide.

INXS recruited a new lead singer through a reality show competition but the band failed to achiev the same success it had while Hutchence was alive.

The band officially broke up in 2012.

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