LONDON — Jarvis Cocker, musician and leader of indie band Pulp, one of the leading lights of the Britpop movement in the 1990s, will perform at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
On March 11, Cocker is scheduled to play a “personal selection” of music to festival-goers with Pulp bass player and songwriter Steve Mackey, followed by a talk about the meaning of artistic vision, under the title of “Extra Ordinary,” the following day.
SXSW will also play host to the world premiere of documentary feature Pulp, in the festival’s 24 Beats Per Second strand.
A celebration of the band, Cocker and the group’s Northern English hometown, Sheffield, it is the first film to ever be made with the band and includes exclusive live footage from Pulp’s reunion concert in 2012, billed as the band’s last U.K. gig ever.
Pulp has sold more than 10 million albums, and the documentary charts the band’s return to the city where it all began to play one final concert in thanks to their most loyal fans.
According to Cocker, Pulp’s hits, which include “Common People” and “Disco 2000,” might never have come without Sheffield.
The film is being touted to international film distributors at SXSW by Altitude Film Sales.
Directed by Florian Habicht (Love Story), Pulp is produced by Alex Boden of Pistachio Pictures (Cloud Atlas) and funded by British Film Company, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund and Pistachio Pictures.
The film will be released in the U.K. by Soda Pictures in June.
Said Cocker: “This year Pulp straddles the entire South By Southwest extravaganza, with feet in both the film and music camps. We have been inspired to do this by Mr Habicht’s loving portrait of the city Sheffield, based around Pulp’s final concert there at the end of 2012.”
Habicht added, somewhat enigmatically, that his film “has been a dream project and I can’t wait for humans to see our film.”
Said Habicht: “I’d never met Jarvis Cocker before inviting him to see Love Story at the BFI London Film Festival. Once he and the band saw the film, things evolved very quickly. A film about Pulp could never be just a rockumentary or concert film, and it is our mutual love for real people and the everyday that inspired this film.”
SXSW runs March 7-16.