Cobain: Montage Of Heck had a well-received premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and now the first footage from director Brett Morgen‘s Kurt Cobain documentary has been released.
Watch the first trailer for Cobain: Montage Of Heck here below.
The film is the first and only authorized documentary about the late Nirvana front man, who died at 27 years old on April 5, 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The documentary, which is a mix of live-action footage, photos, interviews, and cell animation painted by Hisko Hulsing, with narration from portions of Cobain’s recorded autobiography, includes interviews with Cobain’s family, including his parents and sister.
Executive produced by Frances Bean Cobain, the late singer’s daughter with wife Courtney Love, was picked up by HBO Documentary Films and will air on HBO on May 4, 2015 shortly after its theatrical run via Universe Studios. (The film will premiere in UK theaters on April 10, 2015.)
The Oscar-nominated Morgen (On the Ropes, Crossfire Hurricane) began working on project in 2007, when he was given full access by the Cobain family to the musician’s Nirvana and personal archives, including rare footage and unheard demo material, as well as never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, and songbooks. The doc will show never-before-seen footage of Cobain at home with Love and their baby daughter Frances. The name of the documentary is taken from name of a mixed tape Cobain had created, which is shown in the film (see image of it here below in the Image Gallery).
Morgen told Yahoo!, which debuted the trailer, that he and Frances Cobain wanted the film to be an honest one:
“Above all else, Frances and I wanted the film to be honest. We did not want to perpetuate any myths or romanticize his drug use, so the film takes a rather unflinching approach to some dark times. The goal however was not to look down upon Kurt, or put him on a pedestal. I wanted the audience to be able to look him in the eye, to identify the man behind the myth.”
Upon his death, Cobain, who along with his Nirvana bandmates were pioneers of the Seattle grunge movement, left behind wife Courtney Love and their then-2-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The Aberdeen, WA-born guitarist, who was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as part of of Nirvana, had been long suffering from pain and drug addiction and had spent time in drug rehab just before this death.
The 2 1/2-minute trailer already reveals so much about the late musician and if this little glimpse is truly indicative of what we’ll see in Cobain: Montage Of Heck, then it looks like we’ll be getting a real inside look into the man’s life. Also, there’s so much human interest to this story that I don’t think you have to be a fan of him or his music to appreciate the story that’s being told. This is one I’m really looking forward to seeing. Something tells me it will warrant repeat viewings.