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Peter Strickland on his Influences, the State of Cinema, and Failing at Selling Out

Recorded at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, following the premiere of In Fabric at Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2019, this is a candid conversation – an absolute geek-out session, in fact – between one of the industry’s most obsessively cinephilic modern filmmakers, Peter Strickland, and AFTRS Head of Screen Studies Matthew Campora and Creative Practice lecturer Maija Howe.

“One of the most strikingly original filmmakers working today.” – IndieWire

Known for his love of Italian giallo and Spanish sexploitation in particular, and for his dedication to manipulating mood with lush but disturbing sound and visuals, Peter Strickland first came to international prominence with his 2009 multi-award-winning Katalin Varga, a rural film noir examining of the circular nature of violence. 2012’s Berberian Sound Studio and 2014’s The Duke of Burgundy cemented his growing reputation as a truly unique filmmaker, beloved for his deliciously fetishistic genre homages. His newest work of art, In Fabric, reinforces this.

With special thanks to Melbourne International Film Festival.