Creative Partnership: Johnny Jewel, Nico Leunen & Fien Troch
A conversation between Chromatics frontman Johnny Jewel (known for the soundtrack of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive), Belgium’s most sought-after editor Nico Leunen (Ad Astra, Beautiful Boy, Broken Circle Breakdown) and Belgian director Fien Troch (Kid). Jewel scored Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, which was edited by Nico Leunen, and Fien Troch’s Home, which was also edited by Nico Leunen. Journalist Tim Greiving (NPR / Washington Post / LA Times) will moderate their Creative Partnership talk.
That Belgium's most sought-after editor is also known in America as the saviour of projects with tricky editing is no longer newsworthy. Nico Leunen worked with Brad Pitt on Ad Astra (James Gray, 2019) and Ryan Gosling called on Leunen for his directorial debut Lost River (2015), which was scored by none other than Chromatics frontman Johnny Jewel. In 2021, he became the first Belgian editor admitted to American Cinema Editors (ACE).
Johnny Jewel began his career as a film composer with the score for Bronson (2008), a biopic about Charles Bronson directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, with whom he collaborated again for the acclaimed score of Drive (2011). With his bands Desire and Chromatics, he set the tone for the film's characteristic, nostalgic eighties electronica sound. After his work on Lost River, he moved on to his next project: Fien Troch's Home, for which Jewel won the Georges Delerue Award at Film Fest Gent in 2016.
That same year, Fien Troch received a Special Mention from the Film Fest Gent youth jury for Home, an award that highlights the sensitive and poignant portrayal of the teenagers in her film. The score, which is fairly minimalist for Jewel, with sinister soundscapes and dark synths, fits perfectly with the nihilistic side of this film about a lack of understanding and miscommunication. Moreover, the film was edited by Troch's regular editor, Nico Leunen. Home thus serves as the crown jewel to the collective oeuvre of these talents.
Johnny Jewel, Nico Leunen and Fien Troch will explain their various collaborations during their Creative Partnership talk at the WSA Film Music Days on Friday 21 October.