“Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets” makes you understand what a typical rock documentary is about. The film talks about the British rockers stage performance and their career. The film focuses mostly on their hometown in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The documentary is now available for download.
The film rotates around the period of the band’s concert in December 2012 in Sheffield. They had a final stop in Britain during the band’s international reunion tour. They went on a break just after they released their seventh album “We Love Life” which was released in 2001.
Some of the footage of the concert in Sheffield is shown throughout the documentary. Viewers can see how Jarvis Cocker, the band’s lead is preening and dancing about as he sings the band’s biggest hit which is “Common People” with the crowd going wild as he performs.
Also, the camera covers a lot of newspaper vendors, knifemakers and fishmongers along with some pre-teens and older people. Also in the documentary, you will see Cocker trying to fix a tire on the roadside and also feeding ducks. There is also a teenager dancing to the band’s song “Disco 2000”.
Nick Banks, the band’s drummer shows off his daughter’s soccer jersey with the Pulp logo on it because the band supports her team. Cocker in an interview explains that he and Habicht had a common interest in attracting their fans by motivating the production of the film.
Cocker on a telephone call from Paris said that while on stage he wonders who’s the audience and at that time he hasn’t got the chance to find that out. According to him, it’s possible to have a glimpse of one person but one can’t really know what else they do with their life.
Florian Habicht has been a fan of Pulp for a really long time. He first met Cocker after he invited him to come for his New York-based comedy “ Story” at the London Film Festival in October 2012. When Habicht traveled to Sheffield for the first time, he went alone with just the lyrics book of Cocker “Mother, Brother, Lover. The copy of the lyrics comes with the singer’s mentions of local bus stops, markets as well as other landmarks in the place.
In one of the documentary scenes, an elderly choir sings Pulp’s “ Help the Aged” with very appealing harmonies. During the interviews, the Pulp members are usually preoccupied with their aging. Like Candida Doyle, the keyboardist who talks about struggling with rheumatoid arthritis and even Cocker mentions having some anxiety over reforming the Pulp group after over ten years break.
Everybody is thinking “can we do it anymore?” According to them, if they were to do it, it would be best when they are not so fragile. Cocker believes rock music is middle-aged and it is probably getting old but its still possible to reignite the spark from the younger days.