Courtney Love, center, and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, left, attend the premiere of the authorized documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" with the film's director/writer Brett Morgen. Frances Bean Cobain was the executive producer of the film, making it the first umentary explicitly approved by the family. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
HOLLYWOOD, April 22 (UPI) -- Kurt Cobain has become somewhat of a mythological entity since his suicide in 1994. The upcoming documentary Kurt Coban: Montage of Heck sets out to rehumanize the man as one who was troubled, deeply talented and rare.
Director Brett Morgen and producer Frances Bean Cobain, the late musician's daughter, led the project. They garnered much acclaim and standing ovations in response to the film at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Newsweek reports. It officially premiered Tuesday in Hollywood.
After being given complete access to Kurt Cobain's private audiotapes, poems, journals, photography, artwork and photos, Morgen and his team uncovered multiple unreleased songs. A particularly special and exclusive cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" was found among the mementos and is featured in the film. The full version of the cover leaked online this week, Rolling Stone reported.
Evidence of Cobain's love for his daughter, who was 20 months old at the time of his death, bleeds through the memorabilia. After seeing the film, Bean--who has no memory of her famous father--told Morgen that he made the movie that was in her head, "and gave me time with my father."
Other documentaries attempting to bring closure to Cobain's chilling legacy have been made, but none have gone as close as this film is said to come. In 2007, the singer's widow, Courtney Love, gave Morgen the keys to a storage unit holding the last of Cobain's private possessions and asked him to make a film. It is the first documentary publicly approved by the Cobain family.
It took Morgen "six years of legal wrangling and two years of filmmaking," to create what Rolling Stone critic David Fear describes as an "experimental, road-less-traveled approach," to Cobain's life.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiers May 4 on HBO.