Cobain: Montage of Heck
Cast: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country of Origin: USA 2015 132 mins.
Released by Munro Film Services
Kurt Cobain's life's been looked time and again but what Bett Morgan's documentary offers is unlimited access to the family archives with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain on board as executive directors.
Enigmatic, a loner, fragile, funny, complex, ambitious, creative, a tortured soul and the driving force behind Nirvana, 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' weaves together home videos, interviews, animation and archive footage in chronological order in an attempt to look into Kurt Cobain. Early childhood in Aberdeen, Washington, his parents divorce, painful rejection, a love of playing music, high school friend Krist Novoselic, future bassist with Nirvana, marriage to Courtney Love, the media frenzy, Lynch Hirschberg's Vanity Fair article suggesting that Courtney Love used heroin whilst pregnant, the court case, Frances Bean's birth, the decline in Cobain's mental health and eventual suicide.
Without the bare the soul to camera confessional, it's impossible to get into the man beyond an insight into the formative years of a talented, creative and tortured soul.