Watching the documentary with Frances Bean was 'an important moment' to the Hole singer
Courtney Love has described the experience of watching the Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary with her daughter Frances Bean Cobain as “very healing”.
Speaking with V Magazine, Love said: “To see [the documentary] in that room with my daughter was very cathartic and I was very happy to spend a little time with him and to find out, to see things and hear audio, and see into his heart.”
“It was an important moment of bonding between Frances and me, and I think it’s very healing for our family and for our relationship. Many people who’ve suffered the after-effects of suicide, and in Frances’s case, like any child of suicide, she wondered what part she played in it and why wasn’t she important enough? I think the film points out that absolutely, without a doubt, from whatever age it is that he starts talking about it, that that was where he was headed.”
Love also discussed her relationship with Cobain: “It fucked me up. I remembered the sexual relationship, which, as you know, is the core of any good marriage. It almost rendered other intimacies meaningless.”
“I don’t have a boyfriend right now, so I’m single. [The film] made me really evaluate what, at the age of 50, I want out of a relationship. He’s a hard act to follow. I love him and I always will.”
Cobain: Montage of Heck premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January but arrives in UK cinemas this spring. It will receive its US television premiere on HBO on May 4.
Frances Bean Cobain recently commented on the legacy of her father ahead of its release.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the 22-year-old visual artist and executive producer of the new movie described her father’s influence and status in popular culture as being “inescapable” and says that he’s been placed “on a pedestal”.
“I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable,” Cobain says. “Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad.”
She continues: “He’s larger than life and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible… But he wasn’t.”
“He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive. You don’t think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did.”
Last week a clip from an unreleased Kurt Cobain song was revealed, as featured in the documentary. Listen to the clip here.