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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

This screening took place on
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

A special engagement with the documentary—8 years in the making and authorized by Francis Cobain—that is being hailed as the definitive film about the troubled life of lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana. Cobain’s own art, music, journals, Super 8 films, audio diaries and audio montages serve as the backbone for a immersive experience that’s a powerful, and at times difficult to watch, window into his lasting influence on culture, music and the tastes of a generation. Like the best of Nirvana’s music, this visceral film alternates between very loud and whisper quiet and demonstrates why Cobain remains an icon 20 years after his death. "The definitive documentary about Nirvana’s magnetic and iconic frontman, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a wicked-sounding and totally immersive portrait of a caustic poet who used pain as fuel for his expression. Better than biography, this film makes him alive again by re-animating his creative spirit through his own words and image. Cobain never had idle hands, he kept busy—playing guitar, painting, drawing, doodling—and kept his mind even busier. He played with blood, bile and complete contempt for "stardumb"—a singular artist with a genius for contradictions in his lyrics and his life. Ambitious and apathetic, fierce and fearful. It really is all there in the music: the whole story, the meat and the man. Just listen." Angie Driscoll, Hot Docs FF “ It’s stylistically daring and emotionally wrenching, two things you don’t often see in the same film.” ~ Montreal Gazette “The most intimate rock doc ever.” ~ Rolling Stone
  • Directed by Brett Morgen
  • 2015, USA
  • 132 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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