Set a reminder for your HBO Now accounts, because the new “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” documentary will premiere on May 4. The highly anticipated documentary will make its way from big film festivals like Sundance and South by Southwest straight to your home. Viewers can watch the premiere live at 9 p.m. EDT or wait to stream it on HBO Go shortly after the broadcast.
Directed by Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) and co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” chronicles the musician's troubled childhood and the fast rise of his band Nirvana. Audiences can tune in for a brutally honest look at the frontman through his art and family stories.
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” includes the fights Cobain had with his parents and transient early adulthood before finding a home with bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. Using rare home recordings and art from throughout Cobain’s life, director Morgen paints a picture of the artist’s struggle with addiction, depression and unexplained physical ailments.
The film also features some of the first moments of Kurt Cobain’s relationship with Hole lead singer Courtney Love. The movie will show some never-before-seen home movies of the couple with their daughter, Frances Bean. On this first authorized documentary made on Cobain, Frances shares an executive producing credit and was heavily involved with the making of the film.
With two previous HBO doc hits this year, the Scientology investigative movie “Going Clear” and Robert Durst's story “The Jinx,” these Monday night premieres are quickly becoming must-see TV events. Expect “Montage of Heck” to pull in a similar number of viewers.
If you’re more of a die-hard, you can check HBO’s website to find theatrical screenings. “Montage of Heck” begins its limited theatrical run April 24 ahead of its HBO airdate. The documentary will make its New York premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” premieres Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
Check out the film’s trailer below: