“Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director Nicolas Winding Refn has announced that he’s going to launch his own online streaming service – and it’s free.
byNWR.com is a quarterly curated digital platform dedicated to restored movies and other cultural content with a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video abd photography. Now available for sign ups, the non-existent access price is due to Refn saying that “all entertainment will be free” in the future so why not get in on the ground floor?
The first volume will highlight exploitation works from the American South and will be guest edited by Russ Meyer biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough. This will include a restored version of the rate 1965 cult film “The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds” which Refn paid for out of his own pocket from money he made “directing commercials we don’t want to watch”. 1967’s “Shanty Tramp” will also be a part of the first volume.
The second volume of the platform will be guest edited by the British film mag Little White Lies and dedicated to forgotten works of American independent cinema, including a newly 4K restored version of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 “Night Tide” starring Dennis Hopper, and a screening of the rarely seen 1967 Appalachian chronicle “Spring Night, Summer Night”.
Refn unveiled the platform during a press conference Monday at the Lumiere Film Festival in France.