Pulp: The Beat is the Law – A film about the band Pulp's rise to mid-90's Britpop glory out of Margaret Thatcher's turbulent 80's

The Beat Is The Law – Fanfare For The Common People (2011)


“Not only is The Beat Is The Law excellent pop history, it is compelling social history” Mojo Magazine.
Follow seminal pop misfits/messiahs Pulp on a journey from the darkest industrial depths of Sheffield, through Margaret Thatcher’s turbulent 80′s to the pinnacle of pop.

It’s Glastonbury Festival 1995. The Stone Roses pull out of their headline set after a mountain bike accident and Rod Stewart is unavailable. Last minute replacements, Pulp, take to the stage to face 80,000 people. They deliver a set ‘regarded as one of the best in the festival’s history’ climaxing with the era-defining song, Common People, and in the process catapult themselves to the forefront of the Britpop movement – an achievement that 12 years earlier seemed like an impossible dream.

Known colloquially as “the Pulp documentary”, Eve Wood’s The Beat Is the Law: Fanfare for the Common People is a history of the amazing Sheffield music scene, from early 80′s post-punk through the globe-conquering house boom and into Britpop. With Pulp as the through-line, the film also delves into the political and economic realities underlying the music, culminating with Pulp’s underdog triumph at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival.

Made with the full co-operation of the band, ‘The Beat Is The Law – Fanfare For The Common People‘ brings together original interviews, performances, promos, newly unearthed live footage and home videos with a great soundtrack. Featuring original interviews with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Nick Banks plus Richard Hawley (Longpigs), Mark Brydon (Chakk/FON/Moloko), Rob Gordon (FON/WARP Records), Adi Newton (ClockDVA) and many more, this Pulp film is a deep-fried feature documentary from the creators of the acclaimed ‘Made in Sheffield’.

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