Elated as you can imagine, I met award winning Berberian Sound Studio Director Peter Strickland after he had just been handed one of his many awards. Amusingly, fighting the constant rapturous applause and live music happening in the awards hall next door, the following interview with Peter reveals his unique passion and observation for the seemingly mundane everyday sound and how it resulted in the winning film of the night.
GG: Congratulations, you’re doing very well tonight. Sadly Toby Jones couldn’t make it tonight, how did it feel winning up on stage just there?
Peter: Fantastic, yeah [gathering thoughts, overwhelmed]. There’s no point saying anything more, it’s just fantastic.
GG: Quite aptly as it’s very noisy right now [live music pours in from the BIFA stage], sound is very important to part in Berberian Sound Studio. It has an amazing soundtrack, it’s very much about the phonics and Foley production used in horror films. How exactly did you tackle that and your inspiration for the film and the element of sound in it?
|Toby Jones: Winner of the BIFA 2012 Best Actor Award|
for Berberian Sound Studio
GG: Many elements make an independent film, be it the funding, the cast, the crew etc. What do you think are the strengths of making an independent film and what are the main elements of an independent film in your opinion?
|Berberian Sound Studio Director Peter Strickland |
at the BIFA 2012 Awards
GG: What will this incredible win mean for your career?
Peter: Just to keep working, that’s all. I mean that. If you can keep working, it’s just good. There’s going to be highs and lows, every director I’ve admired its all been peaks and troughs in their careers. When you’re doing well it’s great, but you just hope that when I screw up people can still have some faith because it's going to happen to everyone at some point. I really think that’s important for the independent spirit in terms of being a Director for the long-term, not just when you’re doing well. Now is a great night, it's easy to be friends with someone who’s doing well. With the beginning of this film it wasn’t so good, we got quite a few rejections from some pretty big festivals. For six months we were in no man’s land, but Film4 stuck by me, the BFI stuck by me and that really meant a lot.
GG: Do awards like the BIFAs make your job easier, by giving more of a spot-light to independent film-making?
Peter: Can I answer that question in one year? [Laughter]
Berberian Sound Studio trailer:
Actor Toby Jones speaking about the nominations for Berberian Sound Studio: