Nick Broomfield Retrospective

Kurt & Courtney

Nick Broomfield

After the idol of an entire generation, the frontman of then mega popular grunge movement, took his own life French kissing the shotgun, the director and his film crew took to the streets of Seattle talking to a host of people whose lives in some segments overlapped with that of the deceased singer: the nanny of his daughter Frances Bean, Courtney Love’s father, aunt, friend and lovers... Talking to everyone, except for the widowed Courtney who relentlessly refused all conversation, while the director was sharpening his story about the labile and drug-addicted Kurt and pointing the blade directly toward the former groupie, and now a real rock’n’roll star, a ‘drama queen’ who made his life miserable with her endless attempts to prevent the showing of the film, but to no avail.


Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield was born in London. He has directed more than thirty documentaries over his forty-year career, including Kurt and Courtney (1998); Biggie & Tupac (2002), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003); Battle for Haditha (2007), Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011), Sex: My British Job (2013), Whitney Can I Be Me (2017) all of them screened at the ZagrebDox. His latest documentary Marianne & Leonard – Words of Love (2019).

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Great Britain
1998, 89', 35 mm

Directed by:
Nick Broomfield

Alex Vendler, Joan Churchill

Edited by:
Mark Atkins

David Bergeaud

Tine van den Brande, Michele d’Acosta, Nick Broomfield