Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

  • 2012
  • Narrative Feature, Film & the Creative Process, ACMI encore
  • 1h 32m

Award-winning director Peter Strickland’s mind-bending film is a love letter to analogue sound and cinematic trickery.

Mild-mannered sound engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones) leaves the serenity of the English countryside to work on an Italian film, The Equestrian Vortex. Unbeknownst to him, this is no subdued nature documentary but a gore-splattered horror from maestro director Santini (an obvious nod to Dario Argento and Mario Bava).

A reluctant participant, Gilderoy is soon recording blood-curdling screams, stabbing cabbages, mutilating marrows and pulling radish tops to create the gut-wrenching sounds required on screen.

Featuring a giallo-soaked score by electronic masters Broadcast, Strickland’s celebration of cinematic sound makes the often-invisible art of foley messy, wet and centre-of-frame.

Director

Peter Strickland

Languages

English, Italian

Countries

United Kingdom, Germany, Australia

Studio

Madman Entertainment

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