Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck had its premiere this week (April 22) at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, with Courtney Love, daughter Frances Bean Cobain (who was also the executive producer of the film) and Blink-182 among the guests in attendance.
NME recently spoke to director Brett Morgan about the making of the intimate and revealing film and how “Kurt died of a broken heart”. Read the full cover feature here.
“Montage Of Heck is a film that, if you love or have ever loved Nirvana, will leave your head spinning,” wrote NME’s Louis Pattison in his 9/10 review of the film. A complex portrait of a complex individual, the documentary has widely been acknowledged as showing a fuller picture of the frontman than any other.
NME’s Audrey Adler, meanwhile, praised the film’s unflinching honesty. “It feels like the first document depicting Cobain as he truly was: a talented mortal seeking truth through art, while attempting to find the tribe that makes this mess all worthwhile”.
From home footage of Kurt’s childhood to interviews with his parents, former girlfriend and Courtney, the film sheds a new light on aspects of Cobain’s life that have previously remained untapped. Here are 10 things we learned about the frontman from the doc.
The film was released in the UK on April 10 and screened across the country, but the premiere was in aid of the film’s US release date today (April 24). It will be shown on HBO for the first time on May 4.
A quote from Kurt’s mother Wendy O’Connor is one of the film’s most memorable. Recalling when Kurt first played her ‘Nevermind’ ahead of its release, she remembers addressing her son. “This is going to change everything,” she says. “You better buckle up, because you are not ready for this.” Her fears would turn out to be all too true.