*This review previously appeared in David Massey’s article “SXSW Film Roundup – Day Three – March 10th, 2014”
In 1997, when I moved to London, beyond a song on the ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack, I had never heard of the band ‘PULP’ (who released their first album in 1983). That gap in my musical knowledge was swiftly corrected by the locals and I was soon swaying and gushing with empathy to anthems like ‘Mis-Shapes’ and ‘Common People’. The year after my arrival, the band released the controversial ‘This is Hardcore’ album (which I adored) and largely fell from the limelight. In the UK, at least, Jarvis Cocker and his bandmates have not been easily forgotten and the band, which hasn’t toured or played together since shortly after the turn of the century, decided to organize a final concert as a bookend to their career.
Kiwi filmmaker Florian Habicht (‘Love Story’) has created a ‘concert film’ as unique as the band itself. Instead of providing a sleek chronology of the bands history, full performances of their fan favorites, and back-stage antics, he’s focused his attention on the ‘common’ residence of PULP’s native city, Sheffield, and made pensioners the center of his study.
To the credit of the ‘Veronica Mars’ audience that I scorned yesterday, this too may be a film for the fans but, for the sake of pop music history, the greats that didn’t quite make it stateside (largely because they weren’t macho enough), and because there isn’t yet a trailer for this documentary, I give you the ‘Disco 2000’ music video for your own educational enjoyment:
Avid film geek with an art-house leaning but a love for all things cinema, David graduated from the American International University of London with a degree in film production and has spent the last 10 years ‘chasing the cinema dragon’ through the United Kingdom and Los Angeles working as a field producer and writer. He now resides in Austin, Texas where he is a constant presence at the Alamo Drafthouse, a regular contributor to media blogs, and has assisted in the programming of the South by Southwest Film Festival since 2012.