Behind the scenes with Peter Strickland on The Duke of Burgundy

Exclusive photographs taken during the Hungary location shoot and production of Peter Strickland’s dazzling new film The Duke of Burgundy, in cinemas from 20 February.

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Chiara D’Anna on screen as Evelyn during the colour grading of Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy (2014). The film was graded by Greg Fisher at Company 3 London

Chiara D’Anna on screen as Evelyn during the colour grading of Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy (2014). The film was graded by Greg Fisher at Company 3 London

Director Peter Strickland explores the city of Sopron, Hungary, where some of the film was shot

Director Peter Strickland explores the city of Sopron, Hungary, where some of the film was shot

Actor Chiara D’Anna (Evelyn) on location. The film’s costumes were designed by Andrea Flesch, whose previous credits include Peter Greenaway’s multimedia series The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003-04)

Actor Chiara D’Anna (Evelyn) on location. The film’s costumes were designed by Andrea Flesch, whose previous credits include Peter Greenaway’s multimedia series The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003-04)

Filming the woodland scenes on the outskirts of Budapest

Filming the woodland scenes on the outskirts of Budapest

Chiara D’Anna during the shoot of the woodland scenes

Chiara D’Anna during the shoot of the woodland scenes

The Duke of Burgundy study set. The pinned insect specimens and cabinets were loaned from the Entomology Collection of the Hungarian Natural History Museum’s Department of Zoology

The Duke of Burgundy study set. The pinned insect specimens and cabinets were loaned from the Entomology Collection of the Hungarian Natural History Museum’s Department of Zoology

Director of photography Nic Knowland positions the ‘dingle’. ‘Dingle’ is a colloquialism for ‘stuff shoved in front of a lens’ 

Director of photography Nic Knowland positions the ‘dingle’. ‘Dingle’ is a colloquialism for ‘stuff shoved in front of a lens’ 

The crew watches as Chiara D’Anna cycles down a paved street in Sopron

The crew watches as Chiara D’Anna cycles down a paved street in Sopron

Strickland on a recce in Budapest to find a lecture hall for the lepidoptery class scenes

Strickland on a recce in Budapest to find a lecture hall for the lepidoptery class scenes

Script supervisor Carole Salisbury on set in Sopron

Script supervisor Carole Salisbury on set in Sopron

Sidse Babett Knudsen (Cynthia) at the house location for the first time

Sidse Babett Knudsen (Cynthia) at the house location for the first time

Producer Andy Starke with Sidse Babett Knudsen

Producer Andy Starke with Sidse Babett Knudsen

Production designer Pater Sparrow designed a number of books for the character of Cynthia to study, including this tome Orthopterid Acoustics and Other Sonic Anomalies by Dr Brigitte Roesel

Production designer Pater Sparrow designed a number of books for the character of Cynthia to study, including this tome Orthopterid Acoustics and Other Sonic Anomalies by Dr Brigitte Roesel

Sidse Babett Knudsen (Cynthia) between takes

Sidse Babett Knudsen (Cynthia) between takes

Photograph by sound recordist Rob Entwistle of Strickland reading the script between takes

Photograph by sound recordist Rob Entwistle of Strickland reading the script between takes

The camera team: director of photography Nic Knowland, Dániel Benkó, Robert Dibble (focus puller), Peter Strickland and first assistant director Judit Soltész

The camera team: director of photography Nic Knowland, Dániel Benkó, Robert Dibble (focus puller), Peter Strickland and first assistant director Judit Soltész

Nearing the end of the shoot – the clapperboard is marked up for scene 130

Nearing the end of the shoot – the clapperboard is marked up for scene 130

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