VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan was interviewed for the upcoming forthcoming BBC documentary "The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain", which is scheduled to air on Sunday, February 18 at 10:00 p.m. on BBC2. Journalist Greg Prato recently conducted an e-mail interview with the film's director, John Dower, who also directed the 2003 Britpop documentary "Live Forever" and co-directed the 2006 soccer documentary "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos". The question-and-answer session follows:
Q: Will [the documentary] be shown in the U.S. eventually, and be released as a DVD?
John Dower: I hope it will be shown in the U.S. but those kinds of decisions are out of my hands.
Q: How did the idea of doing the documentary come about? What did you hope to accomplish?
John Dower: I'd never seen a documentary about Kurt Cobain that didn't either portray him as a holy rock saint or dwell on all the lunatic conspiracy theories around his death. So the idea was to make a film about what actually did happen in the last few days of his life in order to get a more measured portrait of him as a man.
Q: Who was interviewed for it?
John Dower: Those you expect in this sort of film — former friends, musicians and record producers. But also those you might not expect such as the driver who took him to the airport for the last time, his addiction counsellor at rehab, as well as others whose crossed paths with him in the last few days of his life.
Q: How does it differ from past Kurt Cobain documentaries ("Kurt and Courtney") and books ("Heavier than Heaven")?
John Dower: "Kurt and Courtney" is more about the filmmaker's battle with Courtney Love and the conspiracy theories that surround his death. In my mind, Kurt Cobain killed himself and this film goes a little way to perhaps showing why. The author of "Heavier than Heaven", Charles Cross, is in our film.
Q: Any interesting tales/new info you'd like to share (as a sneak peek)?
John Dower: Kurt Cobain was a fan of the teeenage crooner Bobby Sherman.
For more information on "The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain", click here.