NICOLAS WIDING REFN
The provocative director reveals some surprising passions to ian Berriman
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!”