The Guardian profiles Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland. Strickland talks about 1970s England (Dorking, in particular), Toby Jones, giallo cinema and the power of sound in film.
But while 70s Britain was glued to Dad's Army, in Italy directors such as Dario Argento were turning out the floridly stylised gialli whose zealous attention to music and costume Strickland would later relish. His own film is a riot of sly references to the underground cinema and music he admits being obsessed by (the title alludes to avant-garde singer Cathy Berberian). Yet despite what Strickland himself calls the "trainspotting", his story pushes in unexpected directions. With nods to the trials of freelance employment and workplace bullying, this oddball horror-art movie has a firmer grasp of working life than many sober slices of social realism.Click through for more.
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO screening times:
Mon., Sept. 10, 6:00PM: The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Tues., Sept. 11, 2:45: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3