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‘Pulp’ Film To Have Its UK Premiere June 7

Pulp On Jimmy FallonPulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets,’ which had its world premiere at SXSW last month, will finally hit cinemas in the UK on June 7.  The UK premiere will occur at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 7, with the band and other local stars in attendance. There will be a Mark Radcliffe-hosted Q&A with the band at the event, which will be shown live via satellite at cinemas across the UK. Scroll down to see a list of the 100+ participating cinemas with links to ticket information.

The 90 minute documentary sounds extremely worthwhile. It’s about Pulp’s triumphant return to Sheffield for their final UK concert at the Motorpoint Arena, but it’s more than just a concert documentary. Director Florian Habicht weaves together live footage with candid moments with the band — covering everything from their thoughts on fame, love, and mortality to car maintenance. Interestingly, there is some mention of dreamlike ‘tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield.’ ‘Pulp’ seems to be as much a love letter to Sheffield as to the band, and it explores the ‘formative effect the town has had on the band’s music’ and Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics, in particular. Watch the trailer below.

All the information you could possibly want about the film can be found on its official page, including screenings (including dates in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Brazil, and New York) and the latest news.


Since we have not had the opportunity to preview the film, here are some assessments from people who have:

Florian Habicht‘s concert movie follows Jarvis Cocker and his bandmates as they prepare to mark their 25th anniversary as Britpop royalty with a concert in their native Sheffield. Songs will be sung, stories will be told, and pies will be eaten, because the only way to fully understand Pulp is to hang out in the town that birthed the band. “Sing along with the common people” isn’t just a lyric – it’s a mission statement.’  — NOWTORONTO.COM

‘An infectious merging of mutually delighted spirits, Florian Habicht’s collaboration with Jarvis Cocker fixes the triumphant 2012 concert billed as UK pop rock band Pulp’s last ever within a loving portrait of the town where it all began. Applying the gregarious curiosity that’s served him so well in the hot pools of Ngawha (Kaikohe Demolition) and on the streets of Manhattan (Love Story), Habicht accosts resolutely down-to-earth Sheffielders with questions about love, life and the meaning of Jarvis. He draws equally arresting testimony from band members, visiting fans, Jarvis’ mum and the man himself. Rousing concert footage is supplemented with unlikely performances from locals who’ve made the Pulp repertoire resoundingly their own. Cocker’s knack for keeping it real, for drawing from regular experience and feeding back into it, is the film’s effortlessly realised QED. If you ever had your head invaded for days on end by Pulp’s ‘Common People’, prepare to have it reoccupied, this time with a portrait gallery for company. If you haven’t, there could hardly be a more irresistible invitation to join the party.’ — Bill Gosden, New Zealand International Film Festival

Check out the NME and Variety reviews of the documentary, too.


UK Screenings of the live satellite event – June 7, 2014 (fully linked for your ticket ordering convenience)

Curzon Knutsford
Curzon Ripon
HMV Wimbledon
Sheffield Doc/Fest (City Hall)
Watershed, Bristol ICO
Broadway, Nottingham ICO
Barn Cinema, Dartington ICO
Queens Theatre, Belfast
BFI Southbank
Chapter, Cardiff
Hebden Bridge Picture House
Glasgow Film Theatre
Dundee Arts Centre
Little Theatre, Bath
Greenwich Picturehouse
ArtHouse Crouch End
Hackney Picturehouse
Cambridge Picturehouse
Cameo Edinburgh
Exeter Picturehouse
Perth Playhouse
Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames
Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
Light House Cinema, Dublin
Tyneside Cinema
FACT, Liverpool
Phoenix, Oxford
The Grosvenor Cinema, Glasgow
Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse
Harbour Lights, Southampton
Clapham Picturehouse
Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton
Stratford East Picturehouse
York Picturehouse
Cinema City Norwich
IFI Dublin
Portsmouth VUE
Bristol Cribbs VUE
Worcester VUE
Stirling VUE
Carlisle VUE
Bury VUE
Bolton VUE
Stratford VUE
Hull VUE
Leciester VUE
Norwich VUE
Inverness VUE
Cheshire Oaks VUE
Birmingham VUE
Manchester Lowry VUE
Reading VUE
Glasgow Fort VUE
York VUE
Gateshead VUE
Leeds – The Light VUE
Westwood Cross – Thanet VUE
Basingstoke VUE
Newcastle Under Lyme VUE
Oxford VUE
Exeter VUE
Sheffield VUE
Swansea VUE
Sheperds Bush VUE
Islington VUE
Dublin VUE
Edinburgh Omni VUE
Fulham Broadway VUE
Plymouth VUE
Cambridge VUE
Cardiff VUE
Aberdeen VUE
Hamilton VUE
Cleveleys VUE
Halifax VUE
Doncaster VUE
Piccadiliy VUE
Lancaster VUE
Basingstoke Odeon
Birmingham Broadway Odeon
Blackpool Odeon
Cardiff Odeon
Covent Garden Odeon
Braehead Glasgow Odeon
Hull Odeon
Kingston Odeon
Manchester Printworks Odeon
Milton Keynes Odeon
Norwich Odeon
Sheffield Odeon
Southampton Odeon
Warrington Odeon
Aberdeen – Queens Links Cineworld
Birmingham Cineworld
Boldon Tyne and Wear Cineworld
Bolton Cineworld
Bristol Cineworld
Cardiff Cineworld
Chesterfield Cineworld
Crawley Cineworld
Didsbury Cineworld
Dublin Cineworld
Edinburgh Cineworld
Enfield Cineworld
Glasgow – Renfrew Street Cineworld
London – Greenwich 02 Cineworld
Middlesbrough Cineworld
Milton Keynes Cineworld
Nottingham Cineworld
Sheffield Cineworld
Stevenage Cineworld
St Helens Cineworld
London- Wandsworth Cineworld
Everyman Screen on the Green, Islington
Everyman Leeds

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