Berberian Sound Studio

Peter Strickland, 92 mins, UK, 2012, Digital Betacam, English and Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy: Madman Entertainment.

Berberian Sound Studio
Berberian Sound Studio
Peter Strickland follows his award-winning debut, Katalin Varga (2009), with a mind-bending film set in the seedy world of a 1970s Italian giallo-style horror.

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.

The hermetic confines of the sound studio provide a rich and claustrophobic canvas for this enigmatic tale of paranoia and dislocation scored by electronic masters Broadcast. A love letter to analogue sound and cinematic trickery, Strickland's film is steeped in sensory magic that will have viewers phasing in and out of reality long after the lights come up.

"A tense, teasing triumph" - Variety

"It is seriously weird and seriously good" - The Guardian

Thu 27 Dec 2012, 5.30pm

Fri 28 Dec 2012, 6.45pm

Sat 29 Dec 2012, 5.45pm, 8.45pm

Sun 30 Dec 2012, 5.30pm

Mon 31 Dec 2012, 6.45pm

Tue 1 Jan 2013, 5.30pm, 8.30pm

Wed 2 Jan 2013, 6.45pm

Thu 3 Jan 2013, 5.30pm

Fri 4 Jan 2013, 6.45pm

Sat 5 Jan 2013, 2pm, 7.45pm

Sun 6 Jan 2013, 3.15pm, 6.15pm

Mon 7 Jan 2013, 5.30pm

Tue 8 Jan 2013, 6.45pm

Wed 9 Jan 2013, 5.30pm

Thu 10 Jan 2013, 6.45pm

Fri 11 Jan 2013, 5.30pm, 8.30pm

Sat 12 Jan 2013, 6.45pm

Sun 13 Jan 2013, 4pm, 7.15pm

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