January 27, 2015

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the first documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain made with the authorization and cooperation of his family, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday (January 24th).

The film was praised in several reviews, with The Wrap calling it a “bold, generous portrait of a man who was clearly a tortured teenager before he was a tortured artist and a reluctant icon,” adding that parts of the two-hour-plus film were “shockingly personal.”

Nirvana - Montage of Heck

Badass Digest was more detailed in its review, noting that the film was “as much a tour of Kurt’s mind as it is a retelling of his life,” and revealing that it includes photos and recordings of Cobain and Courtney Lovehaving sex among its more intimate materials.

  • The film relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music.
  • Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer on the film, which was directed by Brett Morgen. She, Courtney Love, Kurt’s parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic all appear in the movie.
  • Morgen was asked at the premiere why Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl did not appear in his film. Morgen explained that Grohl was interviewed but that there was not enough time to edit his segment into the movie before the Sundance screening.
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th.