Pulp‘s documentary A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets received its European premiere in Sheffield last weekend.
The doc, which centres around Pulp’s final show of their 2011/12 live reunion at the Sheffield Arena in December 2012, was first screened at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas back in March. It was directed by Florian Habich, who is reported to have told those in attendance after its unveiling at the Sheffield Doc/Fest: “Pulp are a band you can connect with; I’m not sure Coldplay would do that.”
“Florian approached us and eventually convinced us,” Pulp bass player Steve Mackey explained during a subsequent Q&A session. “We didn’t want to do it, but he raised the funding and we ending up saying ‘OK’. We talked about how rock documentaries don’t really work for us, as nothing gets across the immediacy and physicality of music. But we saw Habicht’s film about New York, and said ‘Alright, come to Sheffield and let’s see what you’re made of’.”