May 24, 2001 9:39

CANNES JARVIS DO IT?

The Pulp frontman also reveals details of the band's eagerly awaited new LP...

CANNES JARVIS DO IT?
PULP's JARVIS COCKER is the latest singer who's planning to become a feature film director, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

In the same week that Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst talked about his movie projects, the Pulp singer told NME.COM about his own plans. Cocker was speaking in an exclusive NME interview, which will appear next week.

Cocker said: "It's at a very early stage of development, but a friend of mine, Harland Miller, wrote a book called 'Slow Down Arthur, Stick To 30', which is about a David Bowie impersonator in York in the early 80s. He sold the rights to DNA who are the people who made 'Trainspotting', and I am trying to pitch to direct that. I would really like to do it, especially since I came down here (London) to study film. I would love to make a feature film, it's whether they think I'm capable of making it and whether they let me do it the way I want to."

Talking about the band's new as-yet-untitled album due in the autumn, Cocker said it was a departure from the darker tone of 1998 album 'This Is Hardcore'.

Cocker told NME.COM: "It had to be a departure because if you went any further down that track then you'd be dead. So the only logical place to turn to after the darkness is the light. Don't worry, I've not become a born-again Christian, it's not all happy clappy stuff."

Cocker also claimed the new album was about the "natural world".

He said: "I was kind of interested in the surface glamour thing at one time, but having got to one stage of success you quickly realise that there's nothing behind it. So you have to look for something else, some substance."

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