The Kurt Cobain Saga Continues: Theatrical Release Of ‘Soaked In Bleached’ On June 11th
A month after Brett Morgen’s ‘Montage of Heck’ hit the screens, are you ready for ‘Soaked in Bleach’? I know I am, because this movie promises to give us a totally different perspective on Kurt Cobain’s last days. I know that ‘Montage of Heck’ was totally avoiding these last months, but the last part of the movie had the feeling of a loud train wreck ready to crash at any minute, with these voyeuristic bathroom scenes showing Courtney Love hanging on Kurt’s back like a unbearable monkey, this heroin chaos and chain-smoking interview of Love lying to our faces. After all this, what were we left to believe? That suicide was unavoidable, right?
When ‘Montage of Heck’ was soaking us with raw emotions, was selling us journal entries-as-facts and more-than-doubtful events that may or may not happened, ‘Soaked in Bleach’ is a film that deals with the facts around Kurt Cobain’s death. It will reveal the events surrounding the singer’s death according to Tom Grant, the private detective who was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to find her missing husband.
Directed by Benjamin Statler, the movie ‘develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic recreations, interviews with key experts and witnesses, and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.’
On Tuesday, Vimeo and Emerging Pictures announced a simultaneous North-American on–demand and theatrical release for June 11th. ‘Soaked In Bleach’ will retail on Vimeo on-demand for a $14.99 for download to own, and the theatrical release will include major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Pittsburgh.
The film, narrated by Grant, will mix real footage with re-enacted events played by actors (Daniel Roebuck as Tom Grant, Tyler Bryan as Kurt Cobain and Sarah Scott as Courtney Love). As we all know, Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide by the Seattle Police Department shortly after his body was found, but 21 years later, suspicions and theories around the events leading to his death have never been more alive, and a long series of inconsistencies, oddities and plain weirdness (including taped phone conversations with Courtney Love) have let Tom Grant to continue his investigation about the case till this day.
A new trailer has been released for the occasion, it starts with one of these Courtney phone calls and you get to see Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle police, who declares he would reopen the investigation if he were the chief today… which has always bothered me greatly because he was in charge at the time.
I am not sure you’ll learn many things if you are already familiar with the case and Tom Grant’s website, but at least this movie will present the real Courtney Love and another side of the case to people who have been swallowing Morgen’s big propaganda. I just wonder how it’s going to be received, I bet we will see a lot of these ‘conspiracy theorists’ labeling… Stereogum has already made its mind before seeing the movie, using the terms ‘borderline offensive and unbelievably cheesy-looking ‘docudrama’ and ‘kooky theory’… I can’t wait for the Spin and Rolling Stone reviews! But we all know that all these people are in bed with Courtney Love.