The provoca­tive di­rec­tor re­veals some sur­pris­ing pas­sions to ian Ber­ri­man

SFX - - Heroes & Inspirations -

To date, Ni­co­las Wind­ing Refn’s ca­reer has only oc­ca­sion­ally seen him tack­ing to­wards SFX ter­ri­tory, but it wouldn’t be too much of a shock if the fu­ture saw him be­com­ing a more reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to our far-flung shores. Over the last few years the Dan­ish-born di­rec­tor of

Drive has spo­ken en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about bring­ing Won­der Woman or Bat­girl to the big screen, and toyed with re­makes of Lo­gan’s Run and

Bar­barella. And his lat­est film, the ul­tra-stylish The Neon De­mon, sees him glee­fully splash­ing about in the hor­ror genre.

Refn is clearly a cinephile, hav­ing lent his name to the likes of a high-end book of movie posters and a range of vinyl sound­track reis­sues. So it’s some­thing of a sur­prise to learn that he seems to have stum­bled into this line of work. “I never wanted to be a film­maker,” he says. “I didn’t seek it out. I didn’t go to film school. But then film found me.”

Equally sur­pris­ing – and de­light­ful – is the dis­cov­ery that his tastes en­com­pass every­thing from the grit­ti­est video nasty to the most heart-warm­ing fan­tasy… and that he’s un­ex­pect­edly au fait with Bri­tish telly. “Bot­tom – that show was so funny! Rik May­all was just so out­ra­geously of­fen­sive!”

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