Award-winning director Peter Strickland's mind-bending film is a love letter to analogue sound and cinematic trickery.
It is seriously weird and seriously good.
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.
LISTEN: Broadcast: The Equestrian Vortex
Warp Records, 31 October 2012
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19 Nov 2020 – 10 Feb 2021
Contains threatening scenes, violent themes and sexual references
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