Hot Docs: Pulp [2014, Florian Habicht]


As a die hard Pulp fan, you can only imagine my excitement when a Pulp documentary was announced. Similar in many ways to the LCD Soundsystem documentary, the film explores the time and space around Pulp’s homecoming (and potentially last) show, which of course, takes place in Sheffield. An ode to the city as much as it is to Pulp, we get testimonials from both city residents and traveling tourist about Pulp and how much the band meant to them. There are sweeping vistas of the mediocrity that is Sheffield and it doesn’t really strike you as a place to visit. These conversations are intertwined with the band’s account of key moments in Pulp history, from the beginning to the high that was Different Class and the ensuing drama afterwards. It was cool to see the other members (Candida talks!) of Pulp talk and there were definitely interesting stories shared.

As with most concert films, there was no shortage of live performance and it was nice to see the mixture of uncontrollable excitement and anxiousness of the fans before the show. I felt those same emotions three years ago when I was in Spain waiting for my Pulp show. A must watch for any fan and there’s no doubt you will leave with Common People stuck in your head.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Sun, Apr 27 11:59 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, Mon, Apr 28 4:00 PM
Royal Cinema, Sun, May 4 7:00 PM

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