‘Montage Of Heck’ director explains Dave Grohl’s absence from Kurt Cobain film

Morgen says Grohl was only available for interview after he completed film on Nirvana's frontman

Brett Morgen, director of new Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck, has explained Dave Grohl‘s notable absence in the film, stating that he was indeed interviewed but that it was already “too late for inclusion”.

The biopic film following the life of the late Nirvana frontman hit UK cinemas in the spring, also receiving its US television premiere on HBO earlier this month (May).

Taking to Twitter, Morgen has now revealed that Grohl’s absence was due to the fact that the Foo Fighters frontman, and former Nirvana drummer, was only available to be interviewed “three weeks” after the film was due to be sent off.


“We first approached Dave about an interview in April 2014,” Morgen wrote. “Dave did sit for an in three weeks after I completed the film. He was great. But unfortunately, it was too late for inclusion.”

Morgen also reveals that Don Cobain, Kurt’s estranged father, had “only agreed to an interview after speaking with Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt’s daughter]”. The director continued to state that it was “the first time he agreed to appear on camera.”

Morgen recently revealed plans to release an album of the Cobain’s solo recordings, after discovering over 200 hours worth of material while researching his film. “It’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him,” he told US publication Bedford + Bowery.

In a new interview with KCRW’s The Business, Morgen spoke in more depth about the compilation and his motivations in bringing the project to fruition. “I went into the archives – this could be too strong a word – I liberated a lot of material for the film,” he told host Kim Masters.

“The primary motivation at that moment was for Frances Bean Cobain. I finished the film and there was all this other music. No one asked me to do anything. I just started cutting the thing together and telling the estate they should put this out. Initially, I thought it would be a nice complement to the film… I don’t have any financial stake in the album.”