This is a refreshing antidote to the typical rock doc. Its focus is as much on Sheffield itself as it is on Jarvis Cocker and Pulp.
The film-makers speak to enthusiasts from the band's home city, the (almost) final stop on a reunion tour. Those appearing include school kids, old women, a newspaper vendor, a knife-maker and plenty of middle-aged women who used to lust after Cocker in the 1990s.
The vox-pop interviews, conducted everywhere from swimming-pool changing rooms to the local food market, are insightful and often surprisingly moving.
Cocker himself is wry and self-deprecating off stage – and a complete exhibitionist on it. At one point, he likens his own aversion to fame to a nut allergy: "It just didn't agree with me."
The film's oblique, offbeat approach – shots of Cocker laboriously changing a car tyre, footage of OAPs performing a Pulp song or a prolonged interview with a Pulp-loving single mum from Georgia – is in keeping with Pulp's music. As the band members point out, their songs were always firmly drawn from real life.Reuse content