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HBO Announce First Fully-Authorized Kurt Cobain Documentary

November 25, 2014. New York. Press Release

HBO have just announced that the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen will be directing a new documentary about Kurt Cobain, legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana. To this day, Cobain is still an object of reverence and fascination for music fans all over the world. His story will be told for the first time in Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a fully-authorized feature documentary from co-producers HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures. Slated for international release in 2015, the film will debut exclusively on HBO in the U.S. There have been many unauthorized biographical documentaries about Cobain, but this will be the first fully-authorized version looking at the iconic musician.

Brett Morgen is writer, director and producer of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, with visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain’s daughter, acting as executive producer.

The first documentary to be made with the cooperation of Kurt Cobain’s family, the film is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain’s life and provides 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. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.

“I started work on this project eight years ago,” says Morgen. “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.”

He adds, “I could not be happier with our partners at HBO and Universal. We look forward to sharing this film with audiences around the world.”

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