Frightfest preview: Berberian Sound Studio Simon Fitzjohn August 2, 2012 Features, Film4 Frightfest 1859 Showcasing what we hope will be a stellar turn from Toby Jones, Berberian Sound Studio is a psychological thriller set in the world of horror cinema. Set in 1976, Jones plays Gilderoy, an introverted sound engineer from the UK who heads to Italy to work on a new horror film. His work though is taking place at the notorious studio of the film’s title, a place as sordid as it is run down. Gilderoy gets to work with his ingenious improvised sound effects, but before long life begins to imitate art and the Brit finds himself being enveloped in a world beyond his control. With echoes of Blow Out and the like, Berberian Sound Studio is presented as a look back at the real heyday of Italian horror. And with Jones having proved his horror chops in the likes of The Mist (as well as playing Hitchcock in the upcoming ‘The Girl’), this should go down well. Directed by Peter Strickland and featuring a soundtrack from Broadcast, Berberian Sound Studio plays Frightfest on Sunday, August 26.