The critically acclaimed Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck doesn’t premiere on television until May 4th, but HBO has unveiled a devastating two-and-a-half-minute trailer packed with snippets of never-before-seen home movies and family photos. The sneak peak also shows how Montage of Heck will seamlessly integrate animation into the story of the Nirvana frontman, much like director Brett Morgen did with his Robert Evans doc The Kid Stays in the Picture.
In the trailer (via Yahoo!), we see that the Montage of Heck arc follows Cobain as a precocious, shy child growing up in the Pacific Northwest as he matures into a rebellious teen and ultimately a generational rock star who, as one family member says, was unprepared for the tidal wave of fame that was approaching.
The trailer, like the film, is paced by interviews with family members and bassist Krist Novoselic, as well as a taped conversation between Cobain and Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke. While the first look is full of intimate moments from the singer’s life, the most poignant comes in the home movies that show Cobain playing with his infant daughter, Frances Bean.
In addition to the film, which has been drawing rave reviews on the film festival circuit in recent months, Montage of Heck will be preceded by a companion book containing “a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain’s personal archive. Morgen also promised that the Montage of Heck soundtrack would feature “a mind-blowing 12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track,” though no details of the song have been released.