We are deeply saddened to to hear of the passing of Chris Murphy, long time manager of INXS who played an integral part in INXS’s meteoric rise to fame and instigated many years of highly successful INXS promotions. We extend our sincere condolences and prayers to Chris’ wife, Caroline, his children, as well as to the band and close professional colleagues in the music industry. Chris was a passionate INXS band manager and will remain a part of Australian popular music history.
Today is always very melancholy and reflective as we are always going to miss our dear friend, Kelland Hutchence who left this life on 12 December 2002.
In our hearts and minds we hear his laughter, his kind and thoughtful words, we remember his caring spirit. We see his smile and we are at least reassured that our sad loss has definitely been heaven’s blessed gain.
God bless and rest you well, dearest Kell. Our world is not the same without you but we will meet again one day.
It’s November in Sydney and the beautiful Jacaranda blossoms again. Oblivious of the travails that have beset our world in the intervening twelve months. Fire, flood, drought, global pandemic, social and political unrest. And yet here again she showers her beautiful purple haze, and reminds us of that fateful November day 23 years ago when the world lost a beautiful and talented soul. Forever loved and forever missed.
The happiest I ever saw Michael was at his house in the South of France, where he was in his element, safe from the critical eye of the rest of the world, he could be himself, entertaining friends and family, telling stories, laughing, creating. That’s the memory of Michael I cherish the most – I wish more people could have seen that side of him.
Saskia Post – Saskia Steenkamer was born in Martinez, California in 1961. Her Dutch parents moved between America and Japan, before settling in Australia in 1975. At high school she studied acting and singing and after completing high school she spent a year attending acting workshops and dance classes in Sydney.
Saskia then commenced a degree course in drama and arts at the University of New South Wales but gave it up after twelve months to attend a full-time course at The Drama Studio in 1981. Shortly after completing the course she obtained her first television role as Julianna Sleven, a Dutch refugee, in The Sullivans, an Australian drama television series about an average middle-class Melbourne family and the effect World War II had on their lives.
Post moved to Melbourne and worked on the series for twelve months before leaving in 1984 to take part in the John Duigan film, “One Night Stand”, where she played Eva, a Czech-born bank teller. In 1985, Post appeared in the AFI Award winning film Bliss, as Honey Barbara’s daughter.
This was followed in 1986 with a feature role in the Richard Lowenstein film Dogs In Space, a slice-of-life portrait of an odd assortment of characters populating a ramshackle house and Melbourne’s punk “Little Band” music scene in 1978. Saskia played Anna, the girlfriend of Sam (Michael Hutchence). She also made a cameo in Haydn Keenan’s film “Going Down” in 1982.
SaskiaPost also appeared in numerous stage productions in Melbourne and Sydney including “Hating Alison Ashley”, “Salome”, “Endgrain, “Train to “Transcience, “Could I Have this Dance?”, “In Angel Gear”, “Figures in Glass”, “Skin” and “Vincent in Brixton”. She also worked as an Transpersonal Art Therapist and educator.
Saskia passed away on 16th March 2020 in the Alfred Hospital ICU from a cardiac arrest.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the founding member of British post-punk band Gang of Four.
Andy and his beautiful wife Catherine Mayer were great friends of Michael and Paula. He co-produced with Danny Saber Michael’s solo album.
He and Catherine are god-parents of Heavenly Hiraani TigerLily. I had the absolute privilege of spending time with Andy and Catherine during my many trips to London to see my step grand-daughter.
A gentleman through and through, Andy was also extremely erudite and of course musically, one of the greats of our time. My heart goes out to Catherine, the family and of course the band.
He will be missed more than words can say.
The world is not a better place since your passing. Greed and war have all but destroyed our planet.
Yet thru the gloom and lies sparks growth.
I feel you’re loved more now than ever.
The way your music passes the test of time highlights the talent you continue to shine.
What a wonderful gift to the world.
I will be blasting you all day, bringing hundreds of wonderful, and funny memories, and I imagine tears for your early loss.
And what some may see as a loss, I see as a gain, in having known and shared soo much with you, the highs the lows, the laughter and tears, brotherly insight, brotherly advice and brotherly love, lots and lots of brotherly love.
Today is the celebration of you, your life.
Thank you for that
A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends. Rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael Hutchence himself, portray his life from the beginning of his fractured family background to the peaks of rock stardom and down into the depths after a freak accident in Copenhagen seriously affected his ability to deal with his unravelling personal and professional life. A feature-length theatrical documentary written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, director of the majority of both INXS and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, Dogs in Space, in which Michael played the lead.
Visit the the Mystify website to find out where you can order or stream the Michael Hutchence documentary.
To my beloved stepson Michael. This twenty-second year of your passing has seen your star shine even more brightly then ever, if that could be possible. I, plus a myriad of fans, new and old have had the very great pleasure of viewing Richard Lowenstein’s critically acclaimed documentary entitled “Mystify”. In it Richard has exposed the man behind the rock god, and what a sensitive soul resided there. Of all the words written and the films produced, this documentary produced with honesty and integrity, comes closest to revealing the real Michael Hutchence. Fans have also had the added bonus of viewing the cinema release of “Live Baby Live” showcasing INXS at its zenith. Shine on dearest Michael.
“MYSTIFY”, the highly acclaimed film documentary centred on the real life of Michael Hutchence will air on ABC and iview on Sunday 24 November at 8.40pm AEDT. Grammy award winning INXS video Producer Richard Lowenstein formed part of a larger production team that painstakingly researched and obtain footage never before seen by the general public. Richard waited 22 years before releasing his own private footage of Michael along with private footage from Kylie, Helena, Michele Bennett, the Hutchence family and other close friends. INXS licensed their music to Lowenstein to enrich the documentary with unforgettable tracks written and recorded by Michael as well as collaborations with other band members and various other notable artists. It is an honest and accurate appraisal and a final and definitive work celebrating the music and life of Michael. It provides previously unreleased information that helps one appreciate the enormous stress Michael was under leading up to his sudden and tragic death. The world television premiere will be broadcast in Australia by the government station, ABC on Sunday 24th November, 2019 at 8:40 pm.
You remain in our hearts with love, gratitude, and deepest respect. We cherish very fond memories of your beautiful soul.
Happy birthday my fellow Aquarian.
You are forever loved and forever missed, but your beautiful voice and lyrics live on.
(Your ever so proud Step-Mother)
When we celebrate a birthday, we celebrate a precious birth that took place on a miracle day.
On 22nd January 1960 Michael Kelland Hutchence became part of that miracle of life. He became part of a lineage of parents, grandparents, great parents that stretches back in an unbroken line for thousands upon thousands of years. The miracle of Tiger Lily means that lineage is able to continue. Nothing is more precious than a birth, and each consecutive birthday is progressively more precious.
It is wonderful to celebrate Michael’s birthday today because it celebrates life, his life. We all wish he was here to celebrate as many birthdays as possible, but we totally dwell on the joy he brought his parents, step parent Susie, brother Rhett and sister Tina… and the joy he continues to bring us all that admire Michael and his incredibly uplifting music.
Michael, your birthday indeed is a wonderful day to celebrate with thankfulness the time you had, the time we had and the legacy we continue to feel from your art and your personhood.
Happy birthday Michael, and God rest you well.
The greatest message Michael has left us is the joy of his music, yet if he could turn back time, statistically he would tell a story of regret. Regret that he was stuck in a moment of no return.
Recently an article was published by a man who had jumped off The Golden Gate Bridge. Miraculously he survived. Hundreds have jumped to their death from the same bridge but of the few who have survived, they unanimously all agree on this one key, common experience, the minute they jumped they were instantly overcome with deep regret.
If Michael could speak today, he would want his weakest moment to be his strongest message. Life is so precious and yet sometimes dark despair befalls us. When it gets too much, as soon as possible confide in a close friend or seek professional help, and be very specific that you are feeling very fragile. Never take the step of no return, but rather listen to Michael speak, “It’s a step of deep regret. Your loved ones need you to live, so Live Baby Live”.
Michael you are so sadly missed, always loved, always remembered, never forgotten.
Remembered, loved and missed every day, but particular poignance on the 21st anniversary of losing such a shining star and beautiful soul.
Susie Hutchence at Michael’s Memorial Site in Sydney