March 12th, 2015
A new documentary about Nirvana’s frontman called Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on 4 May. It is an authorized production with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain as executive producers. This means that director Brett Morgen was given access to home movies, diaries, sketchbooks, photos, recordings, etc. that had never been made public before. In addition to the interspersing the above with the typical talking heads interviews and concert footage, the movie utilizes animated sequences.
From what I’ve read, Cobain’s suicide isn’t addressed nor is the tale of how Kathleen Hanna’s graffiti inspired the title for the band’s most well-known song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. These omissions and the fact that there’s no commentary from Dave Grohl owing to deadlines means that this won’t be complete in one sense or another; but Montage of Heck sounds like it will be a novel entry in the canon of rock star bios.
Folks here in Madison will get a chance to see the movie next month on the big screen as it will be at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. It screens on Saturday, 11 April at 6:30PM.
Here’s the trailer: