It hardly made the same splash as Jay Z and Kanye West's club-sized Samsung gig or Lady Gaga's Doritos-sponsored barf-a-thon, but one of the lower-key delights at this year's South by Southwest music festival was the world premiere of "Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets."
Directed by Florian Habicht, the documentary examines in warm and exacting detail the concert played by the great Britpop band in its hometown of Sheffield, England, in December 2012. (Though it hasn't officially declared a breakup, Pulp has played only two shows since then, both as part of the S.S. Coachella cruise.)
Now a trailer has appeared ahead of the movie's U.K. debut next week at Sheffield City Hall.
Not unlike "Shut Up and Play the Hits," about LCD Soundsystem's final gig at New York's Madison Square Garden, Habicht's film complements concert footage with poignant interviews and looser, more abstract scenes depicting the urban environment out of which the band grew.
It says a lot about Pulp -- or, rather, it lets Pulp say a lot about itself, given that Jarvis Cocker, the band's voluble frontman, is as good a talker as any you'll find in rock. (This year he gave a separate, equally charming presentation at SXSW about his songwriting process.)
But the movie also ponders more general ideas about inspiration, where it comes from and why it sometimes runs out.