LONDON — Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of British indie band Pulp, is set to appear at music and film fest SXSW, which runs March 7-16 in Austin, Texas.
Cocker will play a personal selection of music to festival-goers with Pulp bass player and songwriter Steve Mackey at the Hype Hotel on March 11, followed by a special talk about the meaning of artistic vision under the title of “Extra Ordinary” at the Austin Convention Center on March 12.
SXSW is also hosting the world premiere of the documentary film “Pulp” in the festival’s 24 Beats Per Second strand. Pic is billed as a celebration of Pulp, Cocker and the band’s hometown, Sheffield. It is the first film to 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. Hits include “Common People” and “Disco 2000.”
The film is being presented to international film distributors at SXSW by Altitude Film Sales. It is directed by Florian Habicht (“Love Story,” “Woodenhead”), and 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.
Cocker said, “This year Pulp straddles the entire South By South-West 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. It’s kind of strange to see pictures of yourself caught in the act — but Florian’s unique filmmaking sensibility has made this not only an entertaining but — dare we say it — also a pleasurable experience.”