Kurt Cobain documentary will be eligible for 2016 Oscars following US cinema release

'Montage Of Heck' will open in cinemas in LA, New York and Seattle on April 24

Montage Of Heck, the forthcoming documentary about Kurt Cobain, will be eligible for next year’s Academy Awards after being given a limited release in US cinemas.

The fully-authorised documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will arrive in UK cinemas this spring. It is due receive its US television premiere on HBO on May 4, but shortly before that Montage Of Heck will be screened in select cinemas in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle – the city with which the late Nirvana frontman is most associated.

This limited US theatrical release, which begins on April 24, will qualify the film for consideration for the 88th Academy Awards, Billboard reports.

Montage Of Heck is named after one of Cobain’s mixtapes, which was circulated widely online in 2014. The trailer premiered last week (March 12) and can be watched here.

An HBO press release says “the film provides no-holds-barred access to Cobain’s archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives and songbooks” and that it “features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances, as well as previously unheard Cobain originals”.

The film’s director Brett Morgen revealed earlier this month (March) that Montage Of Heck will feature a previously unheard 12-minute long acoustic Kurt Cobain track. Speaking previously to Rolling Stone, Morgen said that the film’s score “is all unreleased Cobain music.”

However, noticeably absent from Montage Of Heck is Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, who was interviewed for the documentary too late for his contributions to be included in the current edit, Morgen explained in January.