Quirky doco specialist Habicht’s film documents Pulp’s final concert, held in their home town of Sheffield. Pulp was, it seems, always a safe bet for a spot in the UK’s premiere documentary film festival, held in England’s cutlery capital.
Following the strong reviews for Pulp following its premiere at SXSW and its selection for other festivals including HotDocs and Sydney, the title is now announced as the opening film for this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest. Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets, to give it its full title, will make its European premiere at the festival.
Doc/Fest believes it’s got something on its hands that’s much bigger and of wider interest than is usually the case. With the help of distributor Soda, Doc/Fest is attempting to capitalise on that interest.
The festival opening, film and Q&A session will be simulcast into cinemas around the UK.
Habicht will be a part of it, although it’s fair to say the draw for audiences is more likely to be Jarvis Cocker, plus a few of the many band members who played in Pulp over 25 years: Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber.
The special screening kicks off the title’s wider theatrical release in the UK. The full Doc/Fest programme will be announced on 8 May. Sheffield Doc/Fest runs 7 – 12 June.