Oscilloscope acquires Pulp documentary

The distributor has acquired the U.S. rights to director Florian Habicht's Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets (pictured), a documentary about the British pop group's farewell tour.
April 10, 2014

Distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up the U.S. rights to director Florian Habicht’s documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets (pictured).

The film, which world premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas last month, follows the Jarvis Cocker-fronted British pop group as they embark on a farewell concert tour.

Produced by Pistachio Pictures, Pulp mixes concert footage with dream-like staged sequences and interviews to create a broader portrait of the “Common People” hitmakers and their hometown, Sheffield, where they held their final concert.

“We set out to make a film where the band isn’t the center of the universe, since this approach seemed to be in line with Pulp’s own attitude to life and fame,” added Habicht. “So their hometown and its inhabitants became a big part of the movie.”

Pulp is scheduled to play at Hot Docs in Toronto this month and will continue on the festival circuit before being released in cinemas and on digital platforms later in the year.

The distributor recently acquired another music doc, The Past Is a Grotesque Animal, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival-bound doc Art and Craft.

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