She’s notoriously private, but filmmaker Richard Lowenstein has been given a rare insight into the life of Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, 22 years after the death of her father, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.
Richard, who previously directed many of INXS’ music videos, this year released a documentary on the charismatic singer entitled, Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
Part of his research for the film saw Richard meeting with Michael’s largely reclusive daughter, Tiger.
The 22-year-old has maintained a quiet life outside of the spotlight since the tragic deaths of both her parents, first Michael in November 1997, followed by Paula Yates in September 2000.
According to Richard, Tiger now lives in a flat in London, which is where he showed her an early edit of his documentary.
‘She loved it. She was very emotionally moved by watching it. In fact, she said I don’t think I ever want to see that again,’ he says in an interview with A Current Affair on Tuesday.
Richard, who was close to Michael, said he spent time exploring London with Tiger, and was struck by how similar she is to her late father.
‘I couldn’t stop laughing. I’d be saying, ‘You have no idea, I used to be with your dad and he’d say exactly the same thing as you just said…’ and she’d go, ‘Tell me,’ and I’d tell her stories and she was very moved by them,’ he added.
Richard revealed it was an emotional experience for Tiger to discover new details about her father’s life.
He said that while she was keen to learn more about her dad, having been just 16 months old when he passed at age 37, she found it difficult, too.
According to Richard, most other people who had spoken to her about Michael usually had ‘some kind of agenda’.
Richard said he gifted her with one of Michael’s old jumpers and one of his acoustic guitars, which ‘really broke her up’.