Courtney Love, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have authorized a documentary entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck to begin production. The film, which will air on HBO, is set to “challenge the existing mythologies” surrounding Kurt and shed light on a side of the artist that the public has never seen. The project will feature material specially released by his family including unreleased music, lyrics, paintings and sculpture.
Director Brett Morgen never met Cobain, but has been working on the project for eight years and in that time has come upon a vast amount of material.
once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects, countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings,
The film’s name is taken from one of Cobain’s unreleased mixtapes called Montage of Heck, which Kurt made back in 1988. Cobain never wanted to expose himself to the media and what Morgen has found while working on the project will be truly eye-opening.
After going through the archives I could barely recognise the guy in context of the images of him that have been disseminated by the mainstream media,
The way Kurt expressed himself in interviews was a pale reflection of who he really was. His warmth, his humour, his creativity was stifled in those interactions.
Morgen has access to Kurt’s photography, demos, journals, family archives and over 4,000 pages of writings as mentioned above. Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, and his ex-wife, Courtney Love, were both interviewed in depth for the project. This is the demo-tape from which the documentary gets its name.
Via The Independent