Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Soaked In Bleach: Docu-drama on Kurt Cobain's Death - REVIEW

Thanks to the release of Montage of Heck earlier this year, there's been a lot of renewed interest in the life and death of Kurt Cobain.

There always is an intrigue of cult around those celebrities who's self-destruction results in their untimely deaths; their demise unfortunately becoming a myth of gothic glamour. Metaphors of burning bright and dying young turn avoidable tragedies into something nearly romantic.

But in the case of Kobain, the intrigue runs a little deeper than that for most - as there are many who aren't convinced his suicide was a suicide. While I won't profess to be a huge Nirvana fan, I am a huge fan of mysteries. The logical part of my brain loves attempting to make sense out of the senseless, to unravel the unanswerable questions frequently provided by real-life events.

While Soaked in Bleach has gotten much less publicity than Montage of Heck, it's an intriguing watch for hard-core Kobain fans and those, like me, who are addicted to mysteries.

The docu-drama is told from the perspective of private investigator Tom Grant who was hired by Courtney Love days before her husband's death. Initially, Grant was told by Love that she needed him to chase some stolen credit cards. She soon reveals though that she actually wants him to trace her missing husband - one of the most famous rock-star's in the world, who she hasn't heard from since he checked himself out of rehab.

And so begins a journey down the rabbit hole that is in equal measure disturbing, fascinating, and intriguing. The film makes use of actual audio recordings between Grant and Love which at best, paint her as a self-involved, unstable women and at worst, hint that she had some hand in Cobain's demise.

Combined with some compelling questions about the shoddy police investigation that was carried out into Cobain's death and forensic evidence that casts serious doubt on the sequence of events laid out in the official report -  plus the bizzare actions of Love in the days leading up to the tragedy, Soaked In Bleach provides more than your usual conspiracy yarn.

Although Grant himself isn't beyond reproach (indeed, he appears somewhat obsessed by the whole thing and has probably generated a significant revenue for himself over the years out of Cobain's death), his audio recordings combined with other facts provide the credibility that he sometimes appears to lack.

While Grant may be over-reaching in what he hopes the film will achieve (a re-opening of the police investigation), it is a captive piece of work, despite it's flaws, that is well worth a watch - for fans of Nirvana and fans of intrigue alike.

You can check out the trailer for the film here:

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