Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, the First Fully Authorized Documentary About the Iconic Musician, Debuts October 10 on HBO Canada

— September 24, 2015

– Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen and executive produced by Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain –
– Features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances, as well as previously unheard Cobain originals –

"The most intimate rock doc ever.” – Rolling Stone “The result is nothing short of epic.” – Huffington Post TORONTO (September 24, 2015) – Recognized with seven Emmy® Award nominations – including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – and following a festival run at both the Sundance Film Festival and Hot Docs, Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK makes its Canadian television premiere on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Written, produced, and directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgen, (Crossfire Hurricane), the film chronicles the life of the Nirvana lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, painting a searing and unforgettable portrait of the iconic artist and offering unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal and family archives. Click HERE for a sneak peek of Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. ** Media Note ** – Download images at or In the film, Morgen weaves together moving first-person testimony from Cobain’s mother and sister, his widow Courtney Love, former girlfriend Tracy Marander, ex-bandmate Krist Novoselic, and others, with Cobain’s own words, providing an unflinching tribute to the incomparable talent that marked a generation, and is still revered by millions around the world 20 years after his death. Eight years in the making, Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK uncovers a wealth of new material that exposes the emotional rollercoaster of Cobain’s personal life and celebrates his uncompromising creative spirit, including the inspiration for the film’s title, a circa-1988 sound collage he titled Montage of Heck. Recorded by Cobain on a four-track cassette recorder, it’s a free-form mash-up of song bites, manipulated radio recordings, elements of demos, and disparate sounds. Alongside dozens of Nirvana songs and performances, as well as previously unheard Cobain originals, filmmakers have also produced original animation to illustrate intimate and raw moments in Cobain’s life using his artwork, photography, journals, and family photographs as inspiration. Five facts about MONTAGE OF HECK:
  • In the very early days, Nirvana would regularly play house shows to just a couple of people;
  • Nirvana was almost called The Reaganites, with other potential names being Erectum, Fecal Matter, and Boy in Heat;
  • Cobain’s first suicide attempt failed when the locomotive travelled on a different track than the one he was laying on;
  • Cobain’s hypersensitivity to criticism and fear of severe betrayal led to his second suicide attempt in Rome, after learning Courtney Love had planned to have an affair;
  • Cobain felt humiliated by the band’s first bad review in 1988. The fear and anxiety it caused on Cobain influenced how his art would later be presented to the world.
The film is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group in association with Public Road productions and The End of Music. Written and directed by Brett Morgen. Produced by Morgen and Danielle Renfrew Behrens, and executive produced by Frances Bean Cobain, Larry Mestel, and David Byrnes. Co-executive produced by Dave Morrison. Edited by Joe Beshenkovsky and Morgen. Sound design by Cameron Frankley and Kurt Cobain. In Eastern Canada, the film will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

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