Daughter of late Nirvana frontman praises new documentary during speech at LA premiere
Kurt Cobain‘s daughter Frances Bean Cobain delivered a speech at the LA premiere of new documentary film, Cobain: Montage Of Heck this week.
Cobain: Montage of Heck premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January but arrived in UK cinemas this spring. Before its US television premiere on HBO on May 4, the documentary was screened at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (April 21).
Cobain, 22, served as an executive producer on the project and told an audience at the premiere: “I didn’t know Kurt but I think he would have been very proud of this film.” She continued: “It touches on some dark subjects, but at the end of the day, I think this film provides fans of Nirvana or not fans of Nirvana a basic understanding of who Kurt was as a human being.
“I think that’s been lost within the romanticism of him and the myth of him and his story.”
Cobain had previously commented on the legacy of her father ahead of the film’s release. Speaking to Rolling Stone, she described her father’s influence and status in popular culture as being “inescapable” and said that he’s been placed “on a pedestal”.
“I was around 15 when I realised he was inescapable,” Cobain said. “Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad.” She continued: “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.”
Read NME‘s review of the film. Louis Pattison wrote that it is “a film that, if you love or have ever loved Nirvana, will leave your head spinning.”
You can watch an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Brett Morgen, below.