A dazzling giallo style and haunting Lynchian atmosphere are combined in Peter Strickland’s brilliantly original, acclaimed homage to 1970s Italian horror Berberian Sound Studio (2012), winner of four awards at the recent BIFAs. Starring Toby Jones in a career-best performance as Dorking sound engineer Gilderoy, Berberian stands above the competition as one of British cinema’s best products this year. To celebrate, we have THREE Blu-ray copies of the film to give away, courtesy of Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

It’s 1976 and timid, Dorking-based sound engineer Gilderoy (Jones) has been transplanted to Italy’s run-down Berberian Sound Studio to work on ‘The Equestrian Vortex’, the latest low-budget horror movie by notorious exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini (Antonio Mancino). Gilderoy’s task is a seemingly simple one: to create, record and mix the sounds of blood-curdling screams, limbs being severed and the insertion of red hot pokers into human orifices, mostly using a variety of everyday household items such as old vegetables and a hammer.

Gilderoy is totally unprepared for the graphically grotesque images on show, the effect they have on him and for the unusual working practices of his employers. As he becomes more deeply involved in his work, the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and, very subtly, Gilderoy’s life begins to imitate art in a nightmare scenario from which he may never escape.

To be in with a chance of winning one of THREE Blu-ray copies of Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, just answer the following simple question:

Berberian Sound Studio star Toby Jones will play which iconic British director this Christmas in one-off TV drama The Girl?

a) Alfred Hitchcock

b) Michael Powell
c) Richard Attenborough
To enter, simply fill out the contact form below with your name, email address, subject (‘Berberian’), answer and postal address in the comment box provided.*

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Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio is released on DVD and Blu-ray from 31 December, courtesy of Artificial Eye.

The competition closes at 6pm on Saturday 29 December, 2012.


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