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Kurt's Favourite Film

Come As You Are - CD-Single All of Us - CD-Single A TALK WITH THE AUTHOR OF "OVER THE EDGE":

"That movie pretty much defined my whole personality. It was really cool. Total anarchy." Kurt Cobain (Come As You Are, Michael Azzerrad)

As with the underground music which he loved, Kurt Cobain also shared his favourite film with an outsider audience. Almost all of them saw the mid-'70s Over The Edge on cable TV -- since it was banned from movie theatres. Distributors blamed its sex, drugs, firearms and violent ending. Yet it held an eerie prophecy. It proffered the perfect portrait of Teen Spirit to come. And, in fact, Over the Edge was based on reality: its inspiration was a California headline. ("Mouse Packs: Kids On A Crime Spree" in the San Francisco Examiner). The "spree" took place in a brand-new, planned community -- where things had been planned for everyone except kids.

Tim Hunter researched and co-wrote Over the Edge. Ten years later, he also directed River's Edge. Here, he speculates about why both films roused strong feelings in youngsters like Cobain.

"The real story took place in a town called Foster City, which was this bedroom suburb outside San Francisco. My friend Charlie Haas, who was a journalist, had reported it. We then spent two years on the screenplay."
Really, Hunter confesses, 'Over the Edge' took three years to finish. During that time, the pair went "over and over" to Foster City. They spoke with kids, parents, counsellors and cops.

"Finally things distilled into a fairly formulaic plot, something which was actually pretty simple. I then got Jonathan Kaplan to direct it: he and I had grown up together for thirty years. Jonathan loved the script; he really wanted to do it."