Music documentaries really are amazing, they just don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve. The internet has given new life to these documentaries, however, and have allowed them to get funded and to flourish. Recently, documentaries about shoegaze, the Elephant 6 collective, and grindcore have all gotten funded, thanks to the magic of the internet. Although genre-based documentaries are fascinating, documentaries about tortured artists are what seems to do the best. There was a really well produced documentary about Jim Morrison and The Doors that was even narrated by Johnny Depp a couple of years ago, and a 2-hour long Daniel Johnston documentary. Now, it’s Kurt Cobain’s turn for a documentary.
Titled Montage of Heck, after his collage tape that recently surfaced, the documentary will feature a ton of unreleased songs from Nirvana and stuff that Cobain did solo. It even includes some beautiful cell-shaded animation:
One thing that it will not feature, however, is Dave Grohl. At least, in the state the movie is in now. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday (January 25th), and it did not feature any footage of Grohl in this cut. He may, however, be in other cuts of the movie, as director Brett Morgen explains:
“We had a locked print. Trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult.
“This is the picture I wanted – I didn’t want there to be a lot of people in the film.”
“I hope we’ll see a version with Grohl some time.”
There may be still hope to see an interview with him, although it may not add much to the film. It seems as quite a few people close to Cobain have been omitted from the film, including Courtney Love. It’s quite a shocking decision to not include a small portion of interviews with these two huge figures in Cobains life, but then again, the movie isn’t even out yet.
The documentary will be released for public viewing on May 04th via HBO, along with a companion book published by Insight Editions. The book will be released on April 7th.