Everyone appreciate a music biopic. More then a music biopic, everyone loves a music documentary – especially when it focuses on an instrumental member of the industry. This summer sees the release of two pivotal films about the lives of two musicians who changed the face of music.
First up for a cinematic release (followed by a television premiere on American network HBO on the 4th May), Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Directed by Oscar nom Brett Morgen, the feature length documentary promises to explore Cobain’s life with a never before seen intimacy, with archive footage and unheard songs which are reaching the public now for the first time. Morgen has coupled animation with interviews and home video to portray Cobain how he was to his friends and family – and how he has never been seen before by his hoards of loving fans around the world. ‘Montage of Heck had it’s premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival and initial word has been positive. Get set for a whole lot of eye-opening footage – and a few tears – as the world gets ready to finally learn a thing or two about Kurt Cobain.
After the frenzy calms down, audiences can prepare for the up and coming Amy Winehouse documentary (yet untitled) set for a July 3rd UK cinematic release. Asif Kapadia has taken the helm as director, with a look into the troubled singers life both personally and professionally. Winehouse became a British treasure during her time as a musician, when she won six Grammy’s and an Ivor Novello Award along with a host of others. Since her death, a statue has been erected in Camden and her family have set up The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity in aid of her memory to help those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. There is no trailer as of yet for Kapadia’s film, which will surely shortly follow this most recent update. Expect unreleased songs, yet-to-be-seen archived footage and some heart-rending personal accounts from those closest to her.