Smells like teen spirit

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life by way of in­ter­views with fam­ily, child­hood sweet­hearts, pro­duc­ers and band mem­bers that are lyri­cally pack­aged be­tween grunge mon­tages of 90s mo­ments from the movies.

There are an­i­mated fea­turettes that retell sto­ries from Cobain’s jour­nals, and archival footage that will make even the most hard­ened R.E.M. fan re­mem­ber the days of old with a tear and a crav­ing for cig­a­rettes.

But what the film does, more than cap­ture his essence, is re­veal a story about his life that shows that the man’s leg­end isn’t only for fans. When you get to see a mu­si­cal hero grow from a stut­ter­ing boy into a bro­ken, angst-rid­den teenager, and then into the po­etic shaman that shot Nir­vana to su­per­star­dom, you will be re­minded that mu­sic can im­mor­talise the soul of a singer.

Mon­tage of Heck screens at the En­coun­ters South African In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val. Visit en­coun­ for

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FLASH­BACK Mon­tage of Heck doc­u­ments the tragic life of Nir­vana front­man Kurt Cobain

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