Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets


United Kingdom

90 min.



SXSW, Hot Docs, Docaviv, Shanghai International Film Festival, New Horizons, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival
Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Richard Hawley, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber
Pistachio Films


Pulp and Sheffield as inseparable elements. This couldn’t have happened anywhere else. Old folks, kids, fans and fishermen examine the group of the common people. Pulp – reluctant pop stars – talk about doing their thing. And Jarvis changes a car tyre.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The session taking place on Thursday 23rd (Inaugural Gala) is not included on the Basic, Medium or Large Voucher. To attend, single ticket is required.


Pulp and Sheffield are inseparable. As Jarvis Cocker states two minutes into the film, this couldn't have happened anywhere else. Nor could it have been filmed in any other way: here there's life, death, supermarkets and cutlery. These are the good people of Sheffield, who reflect upon the band's omnipotence in the final few months before Pulp's last UK concert (December 8th, 2012): Old folks, kids, crazy fans, ("I've got Jarvis on my knickers") and fishermen examine the common people's group. A newspaper seller confuses them with Queen. A pensioner claims they have better lyrics than Blur. A bunch of kids allege that "Disco 2000" makes you want to move your arse on the dance floor. Pulp – reluctant popstars against the odds – also speak candidly about doing their thing. Jarvis changes a car tyre. Mark Webber admits that he always travels by bus. Jarvis explains the reasons for being in a pop group shows us his first aid kit for concerts ("this is in case you need to go to the toilet") and makes history. Oh: and sings a bit of "I like to move it" (!). A phenomenal film that explains Pulp better than all the biographies. Pulp are this because they come from there. Now we get it. 

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