8:00 PM, 12th June, 1999
This film is based on three short stories by Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting. The first part, "The Granton Star Cause", centres on the misfortunes of Bobe (Stephen McCole) who in a few hours is kicked out of his soccer team, told to leave home by his parents, is dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job. When he meets God in a bar, it's the last straw. But God helps him get revenge on everyone who wronged him. In the second part, "A Soft Touch", a wimpy husband, Johnny (Kevin McKidd), allows his aggressive wife, Catriona (Michelle Gomez), to walk all over him. She even flagrantly cheats on her husband with the man who lives upstairs. The third part, "The Acid House", enters the surreal world of Coco (Ewan Bremner), a drug addict who during, an acid trip, changes places with a new-born baby. Director Paul McGuigan tends to overdo the calculated outrageousness of the material, but manages to capture Welsh's morbid sense of humour.
10:00 PM, 12th June, 1999
This documentary by Nick Broomfield (director of Spalding Gray's Monster in a Box) charts his investigation of the persistent rumours that Courtney Love had a hand in the 1994 apparent suicide of her husband Kurt Cobain. It's actually less of an investigation than a documentary about an investigation, and an inventoryof the various characters Broomfield meets along the way, including a couple of conspiracy theorists (and would-be investigative journalists), a very bitter former housemate of Love's, and "El Duce", who claimed to have been offered money to "whack" Cobain. While the evidence for murder is not overwhelming, the film does succeed in portraying Love as a manipulative, power-hungry bitch.
Kurt & Courtney as a film is not entirely successful. It plays like half a documentary, which it is - funding was cut during the production (seemingly due to pressure from Love). However, it is by turns hilarious, sad and always absorbing, particularly in the final moments, which are really quite moving. It also features, in the section on El Duce's band, the single greatest music video ever made.