Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Kurt Cobain is one of the big mysteries of the world of rock. This documentary gives a little more insight into the love, addiction, passion and depression that drove him to suicide.
Hailed as a music legend and looked up to as the epitome of the grunge scene, Cobain is still an icon. The mystery surrounding his suicide and conspiracy theories have raged for two decades, and now perhaps the enigma of Kurt Cobain can be put to bed.
Montage of Heck is two hours and twenty five minutes of insight into the life of the rock star, his difficult childhood, drug abuse, and his relationships. His life is narrated through interviews with close friends and family, including his parents and his widow, Courtney Love, audio recordings, and never before seen home videos donated by Love herself.
All in all, this documentary is as close as any of us will get to figuring out the man that was Kurt Cobain.
The film’s executive producers include Cobain’s’ daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and Courtney Love, who produced home videos, diaries, audio recordings and Cobain’s drawings for the making of the documentary.
Film writer, director and producer Brett Morgan spent eight years evaluating Cobain’s personal effects and making the film, and claimed that finishing the film was an emotional process for him.
In the making of the film Frances Bean Cobain asked Morgan to make it as honest as possible, and made a statement when the film was complete, saying:
“I didn’t know Kurt. I feel very, very strongly that he would be exceptionally proud of this film. It touches on some dark subjects, but at the end of the day, I think this film provides fans of Nirvana or not fans of Nirvana a basic understanding of who Kurt was as a human being. I think that’s been lost within the romanticism of him and the myth of him and his story.”
Montage of Heck is the documentary fans of Kurt Cobain have been waiting for. Differing to other documentaries and accounts previously released, this film is backed up with evidence through footage and brutally honest interviews with friends, family and bandmates. The audio samples are visualised with beautiful animation depicting the scenes, and previously unheard music Cobain wrote fill in gaps throughout the film.
Whether a fan of the musician or not, this film will give you an understanding of the man behind the legend.