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SYDNEY – Production is getting under way in Melbourne this week on the first of three INXS-themed projects to be released this year
Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS is being made as a two-part miniseries for the Seven Network here and is Shine Australia’s first foray into drama.
TV actor Luke Arnold, who’s been seen on Australian screens in Winners and Losers and City Homicide will star as mercurial INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, while Nicholas Masters, Ido Drent and Andy Ryan are founding band members and brothers Tim, Jon and Andrew Farriss, respectively. Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) is Kirk Pengilly, and Hugh Sheridan will play Garry Gary Beers, while Damon Herriman is the band’s manager, CM Murphy.
Australian New Wave, pop and rock band INXS achieved global super-stardom with hit singles “New Sensation,” “Devil Inside,” “What You Need,” and others.
Hutchence, with his Jim Morrison-esque look, was the focal point of the band for twenty years, until he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room under mysterious circumstances in 1997, at the age of 37. His death was officially deemed a suicide, but some have speculated he may have died of a heroin overdose or auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Never Tear Us Apart will tell the band’s uncensored story with full access to their archive of music, photography and stories.
Its been written by Justin Monjo and Dave Warner
Brad Lyons, Seven’s director of network production said: “We’ve secured a sensational group of actors to tell the story of three brothers and their best mates who took the world by storm. Seven can’t wait to share this incredible part of Australian rock history with our audience.”
Two other INXS and Michael Hutchence-themed features are currently in development.
Screen Australia is backing biopic, Michael, from producer Sue Murray and writer- director Richard Lowenstein. Lowenstein directed many of INXS’s seminal music videos.
Two Worlds Colliding, meanwhile, based on the book, Just A Man – The Real Michael Hutchence by the singer’s sister, Tina, and his mother Patricia Glassop is being developed by writer-producer Bobby Galinsky.