Kurt Cobain documentary maker says film will receive UK theatre release in spring 2015

'Montage Of Heck' will hit cinemas in the first half of next year

The director of a new documentary about Kurt Cobain says the film will receive a cinema release in the UK in spring 2015.

The Brett Morgen film is called Montage Of Heck. It was previously revealed that it would premiere next year on the HBO channel in the US, with Morgen now explaining on Twitter that the movie will be shown in cinemas in the UK via Universal. It is the first “fully authorised” film about the Nirvana frontman. Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean is acting as executive producer on the project.

Speaking about the film, filmmaker Morgen previously explained that the film has many years in the works. “I started work on this project eight years ago,” he said in a press release. “Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”

The film is named after one of Cobain’s mixtapes, which was circulated widely online earlier this month. Cobain’s former partner Tracy Marander spoke to The Guardian about the tape recently. “He made it using records, some TV, and random sounds he recorded. It was all made in Aberdeen [Washington], I believe. It took him quite a while.”

Marander – who was given a copy of the tape by Cobain, as numerous others were, too – said Cobain “may have been stoned” while making the tape, and said that he liked to listen to it while smoking. “He used to listen to it while stoned or on acid too. It always trips people out,” she said.

Montage Of Heck features clips of songs by The Beatles, Iron Maiden, The Monkees, Black Sabbath, The Jackson Five and many more.