The story of INXS, their personal lives and their rise to fame from Australian pubs to stadiums all around the world.
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 Tim Farriss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Kel Hutchence (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Bono (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Jill Farriss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Adam Ant (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Beth 'Buffy' Farriss (2 episodes, 2014)
Katryn Broido ...
 Female Record Executive (2 episodes, 2014)
Jessica Callaghan ...
 Girl 2 (2 episodes, 2014)
Tessa Cash ...
 Topless Girl (2 episodes, 2014)
Alfred Coolwell ...
 Aboriginal Man (2 episodes, 2014)
Maria Coviello ...
 Reporter 2 (2 episodes, 2014)
Ivy D'Orsogna ...
 Female Interviewer (2 episodes, 2014)
Ciara Davis ...
 Naked Girl 2 (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Doug Morris (2 episodes, 2014)
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
 Dennie Farriss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Kym Wilson (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Paula Yates (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Michelle Bennett (2 episodes, 2014)
Georgie Harkin ...
 Kempsey Girl 1 (2 episodes, 2014)
John Hastie ...
 Reporter 1 (2 episodes, 2014)
Caroline Hoe ...
 Naked Girl 3 (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Young Jon (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Young Tim (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Young Kirk (2 episodes, 2014)
Chernae Howlett ...
 Pretty Girl Crowd 1 (2 episodes, 2014)
Paul Ireland ...
 Lee James (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Kylie Minogue (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Helena Christensen (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Gary Morris (2 episodes, 2014)
Peter Karlos ...
 Bus Driver (2 episodes, 2014)
Nathaniel Kelly ...
 Gendarme (2 episodes, 2014)
Tim Langdon ...
 Young Andrew (2 episodes, 2014)
Czarina Lapus ...
 Woman (2 episodes, 2014)
Dave Lawson ...
 Cary Grant (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Lysette (2 episodes, 2014)
Ashlee Lollback ...
 American Girlfriend (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Head of Security (2 episodes, 2014)
Carlos Mabjaia ...
 College DJ (2 episodes, 2014)
Samara Alana ...
 Naked Girl 1 (2 episodes, 2014)
Celeste Markwell ...
 Receptionist (2 episodes, 2014)
Alex Mccarthy ...
 Motorcycle Policeman (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Alison (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Jane (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Molly Meldrum (2 episodes, 2014)
Garth Ploog ...
 Jason Donovan (2 episodes, 2014)
Dario Quiroga ...
 Customs Officer (2 episodes, 2014)
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Ben Ronec ...
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Alexandra Paterson ...
 Julie (2 episodes, 2014)
Nikita Sage ...
 Naked Girl (2 episodes, 2014)
Olaf Savage ...
 Cabbie (2 episodes, 2014)
Robert Shook ...
 Hotel Staffer (2 episodes, 2014)
Tegan Short ...
 Birthday Girl (2 episodes, 2014)
Zac Soderstrom ...
 James Farriss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Kim D (2 episodes, 2014)
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Emily Taheny ...
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Vanessa Vescio ...
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Lisbert Vester-Fraser ...
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 Young Michael (2 episodes, 2014)
Christie Whelan ...
 Shelley Blanks (Farriss) (2 episodes, 2014)
Sandy Winton ...
 Detective Chambers (2 episodes, 2014)
Jim Xyga ...
 Offsider (2 episodes, 2014)
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The story of INXS, their personal lives and their rise to fame from Australian pubs to stadiums all around the world.

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Not torn apart, but forever part of a Generation.
9 February 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The story behind the phenomenon that was INXS is certainly fascinating, particularly given their basic beginnings in a country that produces many great bands, but few that can reach such heights such as the Farriss Brothers and co. managed to ascend in the 1980's.

Without going into any sort of plot detail, as it merely follows the band's journey, it does bring home a few interesting points. Having a charismatic front man unquestionably contributed to their success, but was not the sole reason behind it. It was the songs, consistently good, in most cases great, over many years. Most bands have a good album or two in them, few can brag as many as INXS did with a killer run, particularly with The Swing, Listen Like Thieves and Kick back to back.

The other thing that is apparent is how much luck is a factor. Timing was crucial, as is the incredible hard work necessary. The Beatles perfected their live shows in Hamburg while INXS did it all throughout Australia in a similar fashion. Never Tear Us Apart also shows how much the diligence of Manager Chris Murphy got them to where they were. He apparently got a good deal but he was worth it. Others have noted how success is hard work, talent and luck and it's the case here. With middle age businessman running the show, you wonder how many accomplished bands have been overlooked (too many to name but Starky and Fourth Floor Collapse being recent-ish Australian examples).

The actors do a great job, mostly not just looking the part, but sounding like their real life counterparts. I especially enjoyed Andrew Ryan and Ryan Johnson but you couldn't ask for a better Michael Hutchence than in Luke Arnold. Across the board, he's done a wonderful job. (Caught a glimpse of Kirk Pengilly in a cameo. Any more in there?)

If there is any criticism it's the presence of the actual band hovering over the production. You get the feeling they wanted everyone to know how much of a good time they had rather than showing anything too negative. (No drug fallouts?) Plenty of that to come in Part Two no doubt. It's a lot of fun though and they narrow in on the humour. (No mention of Michael's extraordinary Dogs in Space role).

The series is successful as it leaves you wanting more, not less, always a good thing in any drama. Though it's played fairly safe there is a healthy dose of archival footage, complete with actual vox pox which gives you a real insight into the feelings and opinions of the youth of the day, rather than simple crowd shots of Wembley. It's all woven together seamlessly and lovingly, no doubt sparking off a huge re- interest in a band who really do belong up there in the collective memory as one of the best pop/rock bands of all time. Ending the way they did, they were never able to fade away that lingering bands do, thus ensuring their longevity. Let's hope this series solidifies their rightful place in history so that millions more can enjoy their music in the years to come.


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