Kurt Cobain Documentary Theatrical Release Confirmed & Here's Why It Totally Deserves One
Well, here's some more promising news for the forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary. On the heels of the super impressive trailer for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the poignant, revealing glimpse into the late grunge star's life and career will officially receive a theatrical release a few weeks before it debuts on HBO in May. Billboard reports that on April 10, the Brett Morgen-directed film will begin airing in 72 countries, and on April 24, the Kurt Cobain documentary will begin running in theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. But that’s not the best part—the theatrical release qualifies the documentary for the Academy Awards.
Obviously, this is exciting news for those who have been patiently awaiting the arrival of this film, but beyond the nonstop fandom based on Kurt Cobain as defiant rock star, there are a few other reasons Montage deserves such a widespread release. For one, the authentic storytelling and intimate perspective offered by the film sets it apart from the recent string of ill-fated biopics that — unlike Cobain's documentary — didn't meet the approval of their subjects' family members and often received harsh criticism from those who felt they substituted facts for speculative story lines.
Also, there's a reason Cobain's story still garners interest more than 21 years after his tragic death: Montage of Heck's exploration of the musician's emotional troubles will undoubtedly continue to contribute to much-needed discussion surrounding suicide awareness.
Another advantage of a theatrical release and the film's impending global availability is that it will help spread Cobain's story to a generation of younger music fans who may not be all that familiar with Nirvana and the rock band's impact on the grunge rock scene.
In case you missed it the first time, here's the official trailer for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: