Frances Bean Cobain is an executive producer on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about her late father. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Frances describes the film as a piece of “emotional journalism.”
“It’s the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words by his own aesthetic, his own perception of the world,” she says. “It paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human.”
Frances admits that she isn’t the biggest Nirvana fan — she prefers bands like Mercury Rev, Oasis and Brian Jonestown Massacre but there are a few songs by her father’s band that she particularly likes.
“‘Territorial P***ings’ is a f***** great song,” she says. “And ‘Dumb’, I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”
In watching Montage of Heck, Frances has noticed similarities between her and her father — she says his voice reminds her of her own. Those similarities haven’t escaped the notice of Kurt’s Nirvana band mates, either.
“Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living,” Frances remembers. “It was the first time [the ex-Nirvana members] had been together in a long time. And they had what I call the “K. C. Jeebies,” which is when they see me, they see Kurt. They look at me, and you can see they’re looking at a ghost.”
In addition to the interview, Rolling Stone released a clip from Montage of Heck, featuring a previously unheard Kurt Cobain original, which is now streaming at RollingStone.com.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will hit select cinemas on May 7 in Australia.