Cobain: Montage of Heck

Director Brett Morgen
United States / 132 min. / 2015 / English


Montage of Heck is the most empathic and complete exploration of Cobain’s soul. Family, friends, ex-girlfriends and ex-Nirvana members come with their hands full: photos, super-8 footage of his childhood, notebooks, phone calls, early interviews. All topped off with animated fragments! 


Montage of Heck is the title of a mix-tape that Kurt Cobain put together at sweet 16. Are we really digging around this deep in his privacy? This documentary is the most empathic and complete exploration ever made. Family, friends, ex-girlfriends and ex-Nirvana members get together to explain him and they come with their hands full: legal documents, photos, super-8 of his childhood, notebooks, telephone calls and early interviews. Each stage of his life blooms before our eyes and the learning curve (or spiral) materializes with unprecedented sharpness. His fear of ridicule, the trauma of his parents' separation, his puniness complexes, the early creativity, the seeds of his teenage rebellion and antisocial rage, the discovery of punk rock  ("It's what he always wanted to do"), the hunger pains, the narcotic digressions, the home movies with Courtney (a tad voyeuristic, but equally hilarious) and the debacle of fame. No stone is left unturned, and what's more, there are animated fragments.  Verging on perfection.


This documentary belongs to the Never Hide section presented by Ray-Ban

O.V. subtitles in Spanish

Showing format

Best editing (Ashland Independent Film Festival 2015)

in festivals
Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Sheffield Doc Fest, Sarajevo Film Festival.

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love, Don Cobain, Kim Cobain, Pat Smear, Francis Bean Cobain.

Brett Morgen

Joe Beshenkovsky, Brett Morgen

Eric Edwards, Jim Whitaker, Nicole Hirsch Whitaker

Music Composer

Brett Morgen, Danielle Renfrew

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