Grab your 20-year-old flannel shirt and a whole mess of Kleenex and prepare yourselves for the 90s nostalgia cry-fest that is Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which has today been given an official Australian release date.
The poignant documentary, which pulls together personal footage of the troubled young Nirvana frontman with first-person testimony from Cobain’s family, widow Courtney Love and bandmate Krist Novoselic, has been receiving rave reviews from film festivals around the world such as Sundance and will make its premiere down under May 7, with a limited release.
Speaking to CraveOnline, director Brett Morgan talked of his hope that viewers will be inspired and not appalled at Kurt’s struggles:
“For 25 years, man, people have been walking around with Cobain shirts on, or Cobain posters in the dorm room, and those images of Kurt were really a projection, a fantasy. My hope, now that I’m done, is not that people will take those posters off the wall or throw those shirts away, but that they’ll have a better understanding of what that means, what that’s representing, and they’ll want to wear it even more. Because I feel that once you get to know Kurt the way we get to know him in the film, you like him even more than you did before, and you understand him more.”
The theatrical release also includes an exclusive interview with Morgan discussing his personal connection to the project and numerous Nirvana songs, both well-known hits and previously unheard originals.
Watch: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Official Trailer