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Nicolas Winding Refn: 'Film-making is a fetish'

8 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

His obsessive enthusiasm has steered gangster sagas, Norse bloodbaths and even Miss Marple. Now Nicolas Winding Refn is back behind the wheel for his new film Drive

There are three remarkable things about Marple: Nemesis, a 2008 ITV outing for Agatha Christie's elderly detective. For a start, it's the only time she's handed a mission, rather than just stumbling across a body and spontaneously sleuthing. It took more liberties with the original novel than usual – plots were dropped, motives skewed, two characters conflated to make a serial-killing lesbian nun. And, finally, it was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, then best known for the Pusher trilogy: a Danish gangster saga, all grimy machismo and intestines down the sink.

"I was broke as hell," he explains, chewing popcorn in a back room at the O2 centre in London. "I'd gone bankrupt and owed my bank £1m. I paid that back by making »

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