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Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS 

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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Series cast summary:
Damon Herriman ...  Chris Murphy 2 episodes, 2014
Luke Arnold ...  Michael Hutchence 2 episodes, 2014
Hugh Sheridan ...  Garry Gary Beers 2 episodes, 2014
Andrew Ryan Andrew Ryan ...  Andrew Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Alex Williams ...  Kirk Pengilly 2 episodes, 2014
Ido Drent ...  Jon Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Nick Masters ...  Tim Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
John Adam John Adam ...  Kel Hutchence 2 episodes, 2014
Jane Allsop ...  Pat Hutchence 2 episodes, 2014
Brendan Barnett Brendan Barnett ...  Bono 2 episodes, 2014
Carolyn Bock Carolyn Bock ...  Jill Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Daniel Bowden ...  Adam Ant 2 episodes, 2014
Laura Brent ...  Beth 'Buffy' Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Katryn Broido Katryn Broido ...  Female Record Executive 2 episodes, 2014
Jessica Callaghan Jessica Callaghan ...  Girl 2 2 episodes, 2014
Tessa Cash Tessa Cash ...  Topless Girl 2 episodes, 2014
Alfred Coolwell Alfred Coolwell ...  Aboriginal Man 2 episodes, 2014
Maria Coviello Maria Coviello ...  Reporter 2 2 episodes, 2014
Ivy D'Orsogna ...  Female Interviewer 2 episodes, 2014
Ciara Davis Ciara Davis ...  Naked Girl 2 2 episodes, 2014
William Emmons ...  Doug Morris 2 episodes, 2014
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ...  Dennie Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Kylie Gulliver ...  Kym Wilson 2 episodes, 2014
Georgina Haig ...  Paula Yates 2 episodes, 2014
Jane Harber ...  Michelle Bennett 2 episodes, 2014
Georgie Harkin Georgie Harkin ...  Kempsey Girl 1 2 episodes, 2014
John Hastie John Hastie ...  Reporter 1 2 episodes, 2014
Caroline Hoe Caroline Hoe ...  Naked Girl 3 2 episodes, 2014
Jacob Holt ...  Young Jon 2 episodes, 2014
Mitchell Hope ...  Young Tim 2 episodes, 2014
Sam Howard ...  Young Kirk 2 episodes, 2014
Chernae Howlett Chernae Howlett ...  Pretty Girl Crowd 1 2 episodes, 2014
Paul Ireland ...  Lee James 2 episodes, 2014
Samantha Jade Samantha Jade ...  Kylie Minogue 2 episodes, 2014
Mallory Jansen ...  Helena Christensen 2 episodes, 2014
Ryan Johnson ...  Gary Morris 2 episodes, 2014
Peter Karlos Peter Karlos ...  Bus Driver 2 episodes, 2014
Nathaniel Kelly Nathaniel Kelly ...  Gendarme 2 episodes, 2014
Tim Langdon Tim Langdon ...  Young Andrew 2 episodes, 2014
Czarina Lapus Czarina Lapus ...  Woman 2 episodes, 2014
Dave Lawson Dave Lawson ...  Cary Grant 2 episodes, 2014
Virginie Le Brun ...  Lysette 2 episodes, 2014
Ashlee Lollback ...  American Girlfriend 2 episodes, 2014
Stephen Lopez ...  Head of Security 2 episodes, 2014
Carlos Mabjaia Carlos Mabjaia ...  College DJ 2 episodes, 2014
Samara Alana Samara Alana ...  Naked Girl 1 2 episodes, 2014
Celeste Markwell Celeste Markwell ...  Receptionist 2 episodes, 2014
Alex Mccarthy Alex Mccarthy ...  Motorcycle Policeman 2 episodes, 2014
Darci McDonald ...  Alison 2 episodes, 2014
Lisa McGregor Lisa McGregor ...  Jane 2 episodes, 2014
Amanda McKay Amanda McKay ...  Midwife 2 episodes, 2014
Rarmian Newton ...  Young Garry 2 episodes, 2014
James William O'Halloran ...  Kym's Boyfriend 2 episodes, 2014
Grant Piro Grant Piro ...  Molly Meldrum 2 episodes, 2014
Garth Ploog Garth Ploog ...  Jason Donovan 2 episodes, 2014
Dario Quiroga Dario Quiroga ...  Customs Officer 2 episodes, 2014
Sarah Roberts ...  Backup Singer Shelly / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Ben Ronec ...  Bully 1 2 episodes, 2014
Alexandra Paterson Alexandra Paterson ...  Julie 2 episodes, 2014
Nikita Sage Nikita Sage ...  Naked Girl 2 episodes, 2014
Olaf Savage Olaf Savage ...  Cabbie 2 episodes, 2014
Robert Shook ...  Hotel Staffer 2 episodes, 2014
Tegan Short Tegan Short ...  Birthday Girl 2 episodes, 2014
Zac Soderstrom Zac Soderstrom ...  James Farriss 2 episodes, 2014
Freya Stafford ...  Kim D 2 episodes, 2014
Jacinta Stapleton ...  Reen Nalli 2 episodes, 2014
Brett Swain ...  Dez Jose 2 episodes, 2014
Emily Taheny ...  Annie 2 episodes, 2014
Vanessa Vescio Vanessa Vescio ...  Kempsey Girl 2 2 episodes, 2014
Lisbert Vester-Fraser Lisbert Vester-Fraser ...  Neuro Surgeon 2 episodes, 2014
Toby Wallace ...  Young Michael 2 episodes, 2014
Christie Whelan Christie Whelan ...  Shelley Blanks (Farriss) 2 episodes, 2014
Sandy Winton ...  Detective Chambers 2 episodes, 2014
Jim Xyga Jim Xyga ...  Offsider 2 episodes, 2014


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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Release Date:

9 February 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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(2 parts)

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Dolby Digital | DTS (HD Master Audio 5.1)



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1.78 : 1
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Luke Arnold who plays the late Michael Hutchence in this docudrama actually bears a striking real-life resemblance. See more »

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Not torn apart, but forever part of a Generation.
9 February 2014 | by anthonyjlangfordSee 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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