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Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Directed by Florian Habicht
Perhaps the new documentary Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is best summed up by Pulp’s frontman, Jarvis Cocker: “Life is a random process, but you can add narrative to it.” Director Florian Habicht tries to impose a narrative upon his mishmash of concert footage, band interviews, and fan testimonials, but it never coalesces. Ultimately, some top-notch concert cinematography, a few intriguing visuals, and Cocker’s delightful cheekiness make this a must-see for Pulp fans, and a must-skip for general audiences.
Sometimes, you can go home again. After taking an impromptu nine-year hiatus in the 2000s, the seminal alt-rock band Pulp re-assembled in 2011 to “tidy things up.” The ensuing European tour culminates with one last electrifying performance in the band’s hometown of Sheffield. Interviews with band members make it clear that, despite »
- J.R. Kinnard
It was one of three opening films being screened in Sheffield last night, together with Rehad Desai’s South African documentary Miners Shot Down and Thomas Balmes’ Bhutan set documentary Happiness.
With over 3,000 tickets sold across the events, it was the biggest opening night in Doc/Fest’s history.
The Pulp screening took place at Sheffield’s City Hall and was broadcast to 120 cinemas around the UK, including the BFI Southbank.
Speaking to the packed City Hall audience, festival director Heather Croall said: “About 18 months ago I met the film director and film producer down the road in the pub and we agreed right there and then that this film was going to open the festival in a year and a half and that »
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
Director: Florian Habicht
Running Time: 90 minutes
Synopsis: Sheffield’s finest, Pulp return to their home city for a farewell gig in this documentary that explores both the band’s memories and the great affection they’re held in
Do you remember the first time? Let me take you back. It’s 1995 and clubs up and down the land are filled with girls wearing “I’m Common” T-shirts. The Daily Mirror is freaking out about CD single inlay sleeves (yes, people used to buy them) that promote drug use, and a Sheffield band headlines the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury at short notice, replacing The Stone Roses to a rapturous reception.
Often labelled as Britpop, in reality Pulp was so much more: sleazy-pop-disco-synth-rock, but with Jarvis Cocker’s confessional tales of urban mediocrity and sexual shame beguiling and romancing us. And »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Forming in 1978 and releasing their first album It in 1983, Pulp became the slowest-burning overnight success in history when the double-whammy of His 'n' Hers and Different Class made them pop superstars in 1994/95.
But rather than trudge us through the Fire to the Promised Island, director Florian Habicht instead picks - more or less - a single day in the Pulp story. December, 8, 2012 - the band's homecoming show after their reunion the year before.
Most of the film is made up of chats (it'd be over-formalising them to call them interviews) with the band, their fans, and the people of Sheffield. By narrowing his film's focus, Habicht has made a tender, charming life in the day of a unique band in British pop.
From lads working the »
Florian Habicht’s documentary about the Britpop band to receive its European premiere at the festival.
Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets will officially open this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 7 at Sheffield City Hall.
Florian Habicht’s documentary about the Britpop band will receive its European premiere at the festival, with the screening attended by Habicht, producer Alex Boden of Pistachio Pictures Production and band-members Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber.
The opening night event will also be broadcast to cinemas nationwide, including the BFI Southbank.
Now in its 21st year, Sheffield Doc/Fest runs June 7-12 across Sheffield and the Peak District, with the full programme announced on May 8.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The appealing essence of the titular Britpop band is explored in “Pulp,” an artfully witty documentary that captures the “Common People” stars as they reunite for one final concert in their hometown of Sheffield, northern England, in December 2012. Predictably dominated by the original mind and angular physical presence of frontman Jarvis Cocker, the pic places South Yorkshire’s steel city at the heart of the story, cumulatively providing hints as to the band’s quietly awkward sensibility. The result is a beguiling celebration of humanity that could resonate beyond the nostalgic fan base.
German-born, New Zealand-raised director Florian Habicht (“Love Story”) signals from the get-go that his film aspires to more than the familiar mix of performance footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses and archival clips. The filmmaker proves just as interested in the city of Sheffield itself, and especially those inhabitants who are a whole generation older, or younger, than the ostensible subjects. »
- Charles Gant
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