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‘Official’ Kurt Cobain doc Montage Of Heck to air on HBO

By | Published on Thursday 27 November 2014

Kurt Cobain

The previously reported Brett Morgen-directed documentary on Kurt Cobain is to be aired on US TV next year, it has been announced. And although, Courtney Love declared herself ‘out’ of the project two years ago, it has emerged that the late Nirvana frontman’s daughter, visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, is acting as executive producer on the project, gaining it ‘authorised’ status.

The film, which shares its title with the ‘Montage Of Heck’ mixtape Cobain made back in 1988, will air first on HBO on a TBA date next year. It will feature, says its press release, “dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals”, and will give “no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain’s archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks”.

Morgen says of the project: “I started work on this project eight years ago. 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 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media”.

Frances Bean, meanwhile, tweeted earlier this week that she is “really excited for you guys to see ‘Montage Of Heck'”, adding: “Brett Morgen created an intense yet wonderful examination of Kurt’s life and art”.