Sheffield Doc/Fest began on Saturday with the return of local legends Pulp, gathered to present Florian Habicht's doc Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets.
This opening, taking place at Sheffield's City Hall, was a joyous occasion, full of local wit. Idiosyncratic national treasure frontman Jarvis Cocker entertained public and press outside with his dry humour, with extra atmosphere provided by the acapella choir.
While the film itself was not as in-depth as we would have liked, the event was still a touching celebration of both the power of documentary - with the well-chosen archive footage accurately capturing the passion and beauty of Pulp's era - and Sheffield, this medium-sized Northern city which produced such magic. An impressive opening, with a parallel screening also going on in last year's hot spot, the Devil's Arse in Castleton.