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Sheffield festival to host European premiere of britpop band’s film.

Recorded around the band’s 2012 homecoming gig at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, the 'Pulp' documentary is said to be a "Sheffield love story."

Befittingly it has now been announced that the film will get its European premiere at Sheffield’s Doc/Fest, opening this year’s documentary festival on 7 June.

Sheffield City Hall will host the screening which will be attended by the band, director Florian Habicht and producer Alex Boden.

PULP: A film about life, death and supermarkets. OFFICIAL TRAILER:

The 90-minute movie will also be broadcast live nationwide in select Cineworld, Curzon, Odeon, Picturehouse and VUE cinemas.

'Pulp: A story about life, death and supermarkets' has already received critical acclaim following a screening at the SXSW festival in Texas last month.

Interviews with Jarvis Cocker and the band are intertwined with live performance footage from the sold-out 13,000+ audience concert, but it is Sheffield and its people that take centre stage - and an opening cast list credit ("The people of Sheffield").

Director Habicht (chosen by Cocker after the singer saw his previous film 'Love Story' at the London International Film Festival) took to the streets of the city to find out what makes the people and places so special to the band and those infamous lyrics.

Knife makers, fishmongers, newspaper vendors, schoolchildren and more are interviewed on the streets of Sheffield to discover what the San Jose Mercury News described as the "synergy between a band and its hometown."

Also strongly featured are other band members, including keyboardist Candida Doyle, talking about dealing with arthritis since her teens, drummer Nick Banks who tells the story of the band sponsoring Sheffield FC Under-14 Ladies football team for who his daughter played and guitarist Richard Hawley, who has also moved on to a successful solo career following stints playing with Pulp and other bands.

A number of the city’s chorus and dancing groups are also featured with one highlight being a section of older singers performing Pulp’s hit song 'Help the aged' in a cafe.

"I felt at home here," said director Habicht, describing his time in Sheffield. "Sometimes it was like going back in time, stepping into a fairytale land which I loved."

"I can see why Sheffield inspired Jarvis’ lyrics."

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