INXS Hope Documentary Will Help Band Move On

Upcoming film will use footage shot around the world, including home movies.

Last month INXS released the double CD Shine Like It Does — The Anthology (1979-1997), which chronicles the band's career from its meager beginnings in Australia through its last recorded work with late frontman Michael Hutchence.

Though Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997, the group continues to play live with new singer Jon Stevens and hopes to work on new material before the end of the year. Still, right now INXS are mostly living in the past — in addition to the career retrospective, the band has signed a deal with Columbia TriStar to put together a comprehensive film documentary.

"We've spent the last couple years collecting footage for the film that was shot all over the world," guitarist and sax player Kirk Pengilly told VH1 recently. "Plus, we've got home movies that we're putting on there as well."

Pengilly said he's not sure when the movie will be finished or if it will receive widespread theatrical release. Right now, his main concern is simply to do justice to his band's legacy. "I just want to make sure this is a good and accurate reflection of INXS," he said.

In addition to serving as a reminder of the band's accomplishments in pop music before the dawn of alternative rock, Pengilly said the film will hopefully help the band get on with its post-Hutchence career.

"It should give us a bit of closure," he said. "I'm very excited about the future of the band.

Added guitarist and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, "Out of something debilitatingly tragic comes something liberating and, strangely enough, something Michael would have considered an opportunity."

INXS plan to tour Europe in November, and early next year they hope to play North America.