New documentary about the Nirvana frontman recently aired on HBO
Brett Morgen, director of new Kurt Cobain documentary movie Cobain: Montage Of Heck, has hit out at diehard fans of the late Nirvana frontman who have formulated conspiracy theories regarding his film.
The film, directed by Morgen and executively-produced by daughter the musician’s Frances Bean Cobain, received its US television premiere on HBO yesterday (May 4). It originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
In a new interview, filmmaker Morgen says that a portion of fans had cemented their own views on the documentary before having even watched the film.
“Now this is before anyone’s seen a frame. These are people who supposedly like Kurt, I would think, and here’s a movie I’m making in which we’re gonna share with the world all this material about Kurt, and in fact we’re not even going into the last month of his life. And so why would they then start writing conspiracy theories about my movie? And that tells you everything you need to know.”
Cobain died in April 1994, with his cause of death officially ruled as suicide. However, the matter has been the subject of fan speculation ever since, with books and films claiming that the grunge singer may have been murdered.
Brett Morgen recently revealed that there are plans to release an album of Cobain’s solo recordings this summer. The director discovered over 200 hours worth of material Cobain recorded while researching his film and, speaking to US publication Bedford + Bowery, Morgen said that an album length release from this material will be released in the coming months.
Speaking about the recordings, which included demo tapes, Beatles covers, spoken word tracks and jams with both Nirvana and Courtney Love across some 107 cassette tapes, Morgen said, “We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question.” He clarified that the album “will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people”.
However, Morgen was keen to stress that, “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.”