There have been more than enough unauthorized documentaries and biographies about Kurt Cobain. Next year, though, HBO will release the first fully authorized Cobain documentary. The film will be called Montage Of Heck, and its executive producer is Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean. It will be written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays In The Picture). Said Morgen in a statement, “I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.” Here’s something that’s maybe worth mentioning, too: The name “Courtney Love” does not appear once in the Montage Of Heck press release. Here’s the important stuff that does appear in that release:
The first documentary to be made with the cooperation of Kurt Cobain’s family, the film is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain’s life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain’s archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.
The picture at the top of this post is one of those never-before-seen photographs, btw. No word on when Montage Of Heck will air, except that it will be in 2015 on HBO.