The “Berberian Sound Studio” is a shabby recording studio in Italy, where only the cheapest horror flicks are set to music. This is where Gilderoy (Toby Jones), a shy and inconspicuous sound engineer from England, is sent to do the sound mixing for the latest Giallo thriller by director Santini (Antonio Mancino). But soon Gilderoy is knee-deep in a threatening scenario of embittered actors, capricious noise makers and a confusing bureaucracy. The more Gilderoy deals with the mixing of pointy screams and the shattering sound of chopped cabbages, the more he feels homesick for his small, cozy recording studio in the garden of his house in Dorking. His mother’s letters oscillate between banal gossip and ominous hysteria – and thus resemble the peculiar mood of Santini’s film, orchestrated by Gilderoy. While the boundaries of reality shift around him, Gilderoy gradually loses himself in a spiral of acoustic and personal chaos.


Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco, Suzy Kendall, Susanna Cappellaro, Eugenia Caruso, Lara Parmiani, Antonio Mancino a.o.



Director & Script: Peter Strickland

Cinematography: Nic Knowland

Production: Keith Griffiths, Mary Burke

Co-Production: Hans W. Geißendörfer (GFF)

Promoted by UK Film Council’s Film Fund and Development Fund and Screen Yorkshire Production Fund