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South By Southwest 2014 Interview – PULP director Florian Habicht

PULP - At SxSW 2014
by Jason Whyte

“PULP find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years and 10 million album sales later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality - & car maintenance. PULP is a music-film like no other; by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.” Director Florian Habicht on PULP which screens at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival.

Is this your first SxSW/Austin experience and are you going to attend your screenings?

Yes & Yes.

Tell me a bit about your background and how you became a filmmaker. Also what have you worked on in the past?

I went to art school in New Zealand and learned how to make films by experimenting. I also attended the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam for a year. My previous film Love Story was a love story, where I asked real people on the streets of NYC on camera for love advice and ideas for what should happen next in the film. Russian actress Masha Yakovenko and myself then acted out the scenes, and similar to a pick-a-path book, our love story was pretty much dictated by the people of New York.

How did this whole project come together from your perspective?

I invited Jarvis Cocker of Pulp to see Love Story during the London Film Festival. I’d never met him before, but Jarvis showed up, and thinks happened very quickly from there.

What was the biggest challenge, or challenges, in making the film?

Having no pre-production time! We had about four weeks to get the whole team together from the word go until filming in Sheffield began, as Pulp’s final UK concert was just around the corner.

If you had to pick a single favourite moment out of the entire production, what would it be?

Being at that concert, filming and totally buzzing.

What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you? How much coffee?

Coffee is my favourite drug, and life.

There are a lot of up and coming filmmakers both at SxSW and reading our site. What would you want to tell them if they are aspiring to become a filmmaker?

Collaborate with people you love.

And finally, what is the single, greatest movie that you have seen at a film festival?

GOD'S COMEDY by João César Monteiro. Saw it at the New Zealand film festival in the nineties and it has inspired me ever since.

This is one of the many films screening at the 2014 SXSW in Austin, Texas between March 7-15. For more information on the film’s screening, point your browser to

Jason Whyte,
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