Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Movies, Documentary
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Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

“People of Sheffield, are you ready to go mental?” So begins Pulp’s emotional last-ever U.K. gig in its hometown. Ordinarily, there’s something a bit undignified about an aging pop star cavorting onstage. Not so for Pulp’s frontman Jarvis Cocker: His elbow-jiggling antics have always been silly and giddy yet still, somehow, way beyond cool. Even in his fifties, Jarvis is a man who remains sexy while dry-humping an amp.

Mixed in with the gig footage, director Florian Habicht perceptively interviews the band. Here’s Jarvis on fame: “Like a nut allergy, it didn’t agree with me.” Habicht also wanders around Sheffield, stopping by the fish shop where Jarvis worked as a teenager and chatting with fans. A cross-dressing musician explains that he ran away from a psychiatric unit to listen to Jarvis’s Radio 6 Sunday Service show. We also meet the city’s oldest Pulp obsessives; one says she prefers them to longtime rivals Blur, adding, “They’ve got better words.” This one’s for her and for those who concur.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: N/R
Release date: Wednesday November 19 2014
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Florian Habicht
Screenwriter: Peter O'Donoghue
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