11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

Berberian Sound Studio

UK, 2012 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2013
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Mon, Apr 15 9:30 PM


1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy. Only the most sordid horror films have their sound processed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy, a naive and introverted sound engineer from England, is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro Santini. Thrown from the innocent world of local documentaries into a foreign environment fueled by exploitation, Gilderoy soon finds himself caught up in a forbidding world of bitter actresses, capricious technicians and confounding bureaucracy. As both time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat in an environment ruled by exploitation both on and off screen.

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
Fantastic Fest 2012
Toronto International Film Festival 2012

press for Berberian Sound Studio

"A treat for fans of vintage horror cinema and vintage sound gear, this [is a] stylish, darkly humorous thriller."
- Globe and Mail
"If there's a movie made by a film geek for the pleasure of other film geeks at the festival this year, this is that film. A love letter to classic giallo and the artisans who created it, this looks to be fascinating, atmospheric stuff"
- Twitch Film


Horror / Drama

Italian and English with English subtitles
92 Minutes


Peter Strickland

Keith Griffiths, Mary Burke

Executive Producers:
Robin Gutch, Hugo Heppell, Katherine Butler, Michael Weber

Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Fatma Mohamed, Eugenia Caruso

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British Independent Film Awards 2012
Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor, FrightFest 2012