Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is set to air on HBO later this year. Along with the film, Insight Editions will publish a Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck companion book with “a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain’s personal archive.”
Additionally, the book will boast extended transcripts of the exclusive interviews featured in the Brett Morgen-directed documentary, plus Morgen’s own personal thoughts on creating the first Cobain film made with cooperation from the late singer’s family. The film is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month and will air on HBO on May 4th, according to the New York Daily News; Montage of Heck the book will hit shelves in April 7, 2015.
For the film, Morgen was granted unprecedented access to Cobain’s archives thanks to Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean, the latter of whom is listed as an executive producer on the film. “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 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media,” Morgen said.
Montage of Heck, named after a 30-minute avant-garde sound collage Cobain compiled in 1988, will contain footage from various Nirvana performances, previously unheard songs and home movies. Like Morgen’s Robert Evans documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture, Montage of Heck will feature a mixture of live-action and animation.