is not involved in the making of the upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, but her cooperation has nonetheless been an asset to the project, explains director Brett Morgan.
Love originally approached Morgan with a documentary concept in 2007 and granted him access to her personal archives for use in the film. Morgan told Rolling Stone, “In this day and age, and particularly when making a film about a public figure, it is virtually unheard of to grant this kind of access to a filmmaker. And for that I will always be grateful.” Responding to rumors that Love was denied an editorial voice and was being kept at arm’s length from the project, Morgan said, “She never asked for any editorial involvement.”
The film, described by a press release as “a raw and visceral journey through Cobain’s life,” is executive-produced by Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain and Love’s daughter. Morgan said of his partnership with Cobain’s family, “This film would not exist today without the support of Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain and (Cobain’s mother) Wendy O’Connor. The trust that has been invested in me by Courtney, Frances and Kurt’s immediate family has been crucial in allowing me to paint a portrait of Kurt that is both honest, unflinching, empathetic and affecting.”
Montage of Heck will air on HBO in 2015 after getting its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January.