Back in 2011, the Melbourne International Film Festival closed out its fest with one of its best picks yet: Nicolas Winding Refn's oh-so-stylish crime thriller Drive. If Ryan Gosling speeding around Los Angeles and getting angsty with a hammer didn't lure you in, then Refn's Cannes-winning neon-hued visuals definitely did. And then there's Cliff Martinez's intoxicating score, which bathed the film in 80s-style synth — with help from electro-pop tracks like tracks like 'Nightcall', 'Under Your Spell' and 'A Real Hero'.
In short, Drive proved not only one of MIFF's most memorable flicks, but also one of the top movies of the year and the decade; the kind of film that seeps under your skin in the best possible way. Accordingly, it's no wonder the fest is bringing it back for another spin. And this time, the Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks and Albert Brooks-starring effort is getting the Hear My Eyes treatment.
At 9.30pm on Saturday, August 4, Drive will screen at the Regent Theatre — and a supergroup of Melbourne musicians will be on hand to play a live soundtrack. Members from Saskwatch, No Zu, Mildlife, Sleep Decade, CORIN, Jaala and Sui Zhen will recreate the movie's standout tunes and offer up their own pulsating yet romantic take on the score. Whether you've watched the flick countless times or haven't caught it since it first graced MIFF's screens, you've never seen — or heard — it quite like this.