Friday, 8 January 2016

Film Review - Documentary: Montage of Heck

Montage of Heck is the 2015 film by Brett Morgen documenting the life of Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. It was made in conjunction with Kurt's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain and features interviews with those who knew him best including his wife Courtney Love, his mother and former bandmate, Krist Novoselic.

The movie would appeal mostly to fans of Cobain's music but it is also a very moving insight into the life of a man who was gentle, immensely creative but just fell on the wrong side of the tracks. The film features much of Nirvana's music and has been cleverly put together to create a very moving account of the artist's life.

Featured throughout the film are animated sequences by artist and creator of the animated short Junkyard, Hisko Hulsing. These accompany audio which was given to Morgen by Cobain's family and are a really fitting tribute to someone who was himself artistic in many different ways.

As well as the animated sequences created by Hulsing, Morgen has included and animated Cobain's own artwork which was often satirical and always had a message to give. Whether a Nirvana fan or not, this film would be interesting to anyone who has heard of Cobain and wants to learn more about the troubled life he lead and lost so soon.

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Film Poster:
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Still 1:
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Still 4:
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