After rocker Kurt Cobain’s death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people: Cobain’s aunt who provides home movies and recordings, the estranged father of Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, an L.A. private investigator who worked for Love, a nanny for Kurt and Courtney’s child, friends and lovers of both, and others. Although Love won’t talk to him and his inquiries lose him financial backing, he comes to believe the coroner’s verdict. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star. –IMDb
Nicholas Broomfield, known as Nick, is an English documentary film-maker. Broomfield films with a minimum of crew, just himself and one or two camera operators, which gives his documentaries a distinctive style. Broomfield is often in shot holding the sound boom.
Broomfield was awarded the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Documentary, and was given honorary doctorates from Essex and Surrey University. He was awarded the Californian State Bar Award for his contribution to Legal Reform and is a founder member of the Morecambe Bay Victims Fund. He studied Law at Cardiff University, and political science at the University of Essex; subsequently, he studied film at the National Film and Television School. Broomfield’s early style was conventional Cinéma vérité: the juxtaposition of observed scenes, with little use of voice-over or text.
It was not until Driving Me Crazy (1988) that Broomfield appeared on-screen for the first time. After several… read more
Really poorly executed, both technically and aesthetically. It's basically tabloid video posing as documentary.