‘Montage of Heck’ the indie film featuring Nirvana front-man the late Kurt Cobain is finally airing tonight May 4 at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
Written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen and executive produced by daughter Frances Bean, this is the collaboration of those closest to him, including his family and ex-bandmate Krist Novoselic and wife Courtney Love.
Throughout ‘Heck’, we hear about Cobain’s protectiveness of his work and reputation. His desire be a family man, stating that, with Love, “Kurt wanted to build a home,” after growing up with rejection, lack of understanding and instability in his own family.
The intimacy also explodes with loads of unfiltered journal entries, imaginative drawings, photos and lyrics in process. Home video and sound recordings that span his life are intertwined with the interview footage of Novoselic, Cobain’s mother, father, stepmother, sister, former girlfriend, and of course, Love.
Love appears relatively healthy but combative at times when prompted to speak about how their life together. She shows her connection to Cobain both in personal proclamation in home videos. At one point, Love says of her late husband… that he swallowed “67 Rohypnols and ended up in a coma” at the thought of her possible infidelity.
Cobain writes of self-medicating with heroin to relieve stomach pain so severe that it affected his ability to function normally. In one passage he says, “Tried heroin for the first time in 1987 in Aberdeen and proceeded to use it about 10 more times from ’87 to ’90. For five years every single day an ongoing stomach ailment had literally taken me to the point of wanting to kill myself. I’m always afraid that if I lost my stomach problem I would be less creative.”
‘Montage of Heck’ trailer: