According to The Pulse Of Radio, the daughter and mother of late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain disagreed over the way he was depicted in the documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck”, which premiered on HBO last May and is in the middle of a limited theatrical run. Director Brett Morgen told Deadline that Kurt’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who was an executive producer on the film, overrode her grandmother Wendy O’Connor’s objections to the way her son and his drug use were portrayed in the latter stages of the movie.
Morgen explained: “When Kurt’s mother voiced some concerns about the way she was depicted, and the way Kurt was seen in the latter stages of his life, it was Frances who called and said, ‘Grandma, this is not your film. This is Kurt’s film, and how you experience things is quite different than the way Kurt experienced things.’ Of course, the mother doesn’t want to show her child in any light that’s less than favorable, but it was Frances’s desire to not hide the truth.”
Morgen added: “I think that both Frances and I arrived at the same point, which was we were not trying to tear Kurt or put Kurt down, nor were we trying to put him on a pedestal. We were simply trying to look him in the eye, to empathize, to find a point of entry in which we can understand how he experienced life.”
The director also revealed how Frances herself, who was only two when her father committed suicide in 1994, felt after watching the film. He said: “Upon seeing the film for the first time, Frances looked at me and said, ‘Do not touch a frame.’ You know, before she said that, she said, ‘Thank you for giving me a couple hours with my father that I never thought I would have.'”
“Montage Of Heck” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6, the same day that a new album of previously unheard Cobain recordings discovered during the making of the film will see release on CD.