24 March 2016 - EMPAC
On Screen/Sound No. 13

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This year-long film series takes a close look at—and listen to—the way filmmakers have employed the sonic dimension of their form to complement, challenge, and reconsider our experience of the moving image.

Looking at the importance of incidental music and Foley sound effects in the horror movie genre.

Berberian Sound Studio takes the horror of labor as its narrative center, albeit through the lens a Foley artist who takes a job in an Eastern European studio to do the post-production sound design for a slasher movie. This darkly imagined and expressionistically shot feature takes up the mantle of cult films that use the labor of a sound recordist—notably Brian de Palma’s Blow Out (shown at On Screen/Sound: No. 7) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation—as a plot device to entwine Foley sounds with the sounds of real murder.

Co-curated with Victoria Brooks


Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Peter Strickland / Music: Will Slater

Thriller (1983)
Michael Jackson