“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” Director Brett Morgen Talks “Raw, Intimate” Film

Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully-authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, made its premiere last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Brett Morgen says he "felt a lot more pressure" with Montage of Heck than with any other project he's worked on, including The Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

"I don't think there has ever been, or will ever be, another movie about an icon that's this raw or intimate," he says.

One of the bigger stories that came out of the Montage of Heck premiere was that Foo Fighters frontman -- and Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl was absent from the film. Morgen told Billboard that Grohl was interviewed, but that he couldn't cut the interview in time for the Sundance premiere of the film. The director reiterated that explanation to Rolling Stone, adding that he "didn't think I needed two people from Nirvana."

"It's not that type of movie," Morgen says. "So I was fine locking picture with [Nirvana bassist] Krist [Novoselic]."

Another big story surrounding the film was the use of Cobain's unreleased solo material.

"The score is all unreleased Cobain music. They don't have titles," Morgen explains. "Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music. And it's like: It's a movie. We're not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO on May 4.

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