Anders Refn began his career as a props master and assistant director, and attended the National Film School of Denmark. His first feature film, Copper (Strømer, 1976), set new standards for the realistic portrayal of crime in Danish film. With films such as Once a Cop (En gang strømer, 1987) and Taxi (Taxa, 1996), he produced innovative TV productions that stood out for their spectacular action scenes, solid storylines and meticulous casting. His circus melodrama, The Flying Devils, won five Robert Awards, including Best Film in 1985.
Refn has also worked as an editor on many films, including Breaking the Waves (1996), P.O.V. (2001), Baby (2003), Tid til forandring (2004), Antichrist (2009) and Limboland (2010). He received Robert Awards for Best Editor for his work on the Lars von Trier films Breaking the Waves and Antichrist.