‘Drive’ director says working on Radio 1’s re-scored version of the movie was ‘very sexual’

'Radio 1 Rescores Drive' airs on BBC Three tomorrow (October 30) at 10pm

Last night, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, Bastille frontman Dan Smith and Radio 1’s Zane Lowe took part in a live Q&A at The Space in London to launch Radio 1 Rescores Drive, a new version of the film which premieres on BBC Three on October 30 at 10pm.

Over the past 18 months, Zane Lowe and his team at Radio 1 have created a brand new soundtrack for the Ryan Gosling-starring 2011 movie. The artists who have written and recorded brand new songs include Chvrches, Banks, Bring Me The Horizon, Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, Jon Hopkins, The 1975, Baauer and SBTRKT. The details of which artists have re-scored which parts of the movie remain under wraps until the grand unveiling tomorrow, although the brand new, revised movie was shown in full to those in attendance at this special screening. There was also a live performance from Bastille of their half-instrumental/half-sung contribution ‘The Driver’.

Original movie director, Nicolas Winding Refn, supported the project from the off. Participating in the Q&A via live webchat from LA, he said the whole experience was something he’d like to re-live with future film projects. He likened the idea of inviting others to re-score his film to woo-ing other women and found it “very sexual”, drawing inspiration himself from the notion of people re-editing his creations without his control. “It’s like going through your drawers and finding the greatest pot,” he said of the new version of Drive. “You inhale it and it’s so great again, except different five years later.”

Speaking about the influence behind the project, Lowe cited bootleg culture and the constant uploading of fan versions of pop culture on YouTube as his main source of inspiration. Asked whether there were challenges with choosing such a recently released movie as his muse, Lowe revealed that other movies were debated, including Blade Runner, but that Drive was a movie synonymous with the Radio 1 audience.

Bastille frontman Dan Smith (a self-confessed “geek” for the movie) explained the process for writing new music. The band were given a scene first, they composed three different pieces and then structured them around the action. “We got arty and had fun with it,” he said. Aware of some of the other names on the new soundtrack, Smith caught up with The 1975 backstage at festivals this summer on how both bands were getting along with it, and became quite obsessed with his own involvement.

The newly scored film will be broadcast on BBC Three tomorrow night at 10pm.

Artists featured in full are:

Eric Prydz
Jon Hopkins
Laura Mvula
Bring Me The Horizon
The 1975
The Neighbourhood
Simon Neil (as ZZC)