A Conversation With Mat Newman, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Editor
A few days ago, First Showing executive editor’s Alex Billington published his Cannes interview with Nicolas Winding Refn about Only God Forgives. During the interview, Winding Refn mentioned his editor, Mat Newman, and how both men worked on finding the story within the footage shot.
Of course, that got me curious and I looked for more information about Mat Newman and possibly a video interview *Spoiler Alert* which I found.
Newman gave a 14-minute video interview to BAFTA Guru in which he answers a series of questions asked by either fan who won a contest or an all white all male staff (this part is unclear) about his career and working with Winding Refn.
Newman has an interesting background as he started in the camera department and fell for editing pretty late in life while working on Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. Newman then became a commercials’ editor but quickly realized that if the money was good, the job was empty and killing him. Newman wasn’t living in London and just had one friend who was working in the ‘business’, a producer. Turned out, one friend was enough. This said friend worked on Miss Marple, a TV series directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The two met and the rest will be considered history in a couple of more films (I guess).
In the interview below Newman talks, among other topics, about his relationship with Winding Refn, the importance of music, and editing violent scenes. I would love to know more about his background (I am actually more intrigued than ever), so if you find good interviews, don’t hesitate to send them my way.
And in the meantime, enjoy:
check the archives for a taste of it.