Twenty-one years ago this month, music lost an innovative and groundbreaking performer. The devastating and untimely death of Kurt Cobain shattered the world of music. This year, Academy Award Nominated director Brett Morgen released his Kurt Cobain documentary film Montage of Heck at the Sundance Film Festival. Entertainment Weekly called it “without a doubt, the best film…at Sundance this year.” The film tracks Cobain’s entire life, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington, to his ultimate demise. The film features never-before-seen footage of Cobain as a child and interviews with family members and friends. The film is painted with illustrations by Cobain and the haunting lyrics to his songs, as well as material from diaries, home movies, and cassette tapes.
Earlier this month, HBO released a two-minute trailer, giving a sneak-peek to the dark film. The trailer shows footage varying from Cobain’s adolescence to the birth of his only child, Frances Bean. Interviews from people like Courtney Love and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic give a unique insight into the personal life of Cobain.
Morgen was approached with the idea by Love in 2007, however the film was initially suspended due to a legal battle between Love and her daughter. Eventually it hit the ground running under the visual eye of Brett Morgen with Cobain’s daughter as an Executive Producer. Montage of Heck is the first documentary to be made about Cobain with the consent and assistance of his family. The film was positively received and many fans thought it humanized Cobain unlike the films done on him prior.
The Kurt Cobain documentary is set to premiere on HBO on May 4th along with a rumored “12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track” according to Morgen. I know we all have high hopes for the film – a chance to see a raw look at Kurt Cobain’s legendary life.