LO­CAL TAL­ENT

The Emi­rati-Brit di­rec­tor on his postapoc­a­lyp­tic flick The Wor­thy

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Emi­rati-Brit film­maker Ali Mostafa’s post-apoc­a­lyp­tic thriller, The Wor­thy.

Pic­ture this: the ma­jor­ity of the world’s wa­ter sup­ply has been lethally con­tam­i­nated, and now you and a group of sur­vivors have to de­fend your­selves (and your own clean wa­ter sup­ply) from vi­o­lent in­fil­tra­tors. If it sounds like some­thing straight out of Hol­ly­wood, that’s be­cause it is. What’s On chats to Emi­rati-Bri­tish di­rec­tor Ali Mostafa about his new film

The Wor­thy, which is be­ing called the first post-apoc­a­lyp­tic Ara­bic film ever.

Why did this story res­onate with you?

When I was ap­proached to do it, I’d just done a com­edy and to do an ac­tion thriller felt ex­cit­ing. One of my goals is to try and do as many gen­res as I can. For the story, the whole as­pect of try­ing to sur­vive against this threat is a dras­tic sit­u­a­tion for any­one to be in. I found that interesting.

The film was orig­i­nally writ­ten for an Amer­i­can au­di­ence. Tell us how you adapted the script into an Ara­bic film

When I read the orig­i­nal script it was set in the US and it felt like it was al­most stereo­typ­i­cal for that type of a genre film. What we found very interesting was when we took the script and Ara­bised it. We sat down and re­flected on what was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing in the re­gion and tried to make it a lot more re­lat­able to an Arab au­di­ence so they could un­der­stand the world, un­der­stand what the peo­ple were go­ing through.

For peo­ple who haven’t seen the film, what can they ex­pect?

I would tell them if they are not a fan of the ac­tion-gore-thriller genre, don’t watch it. [Laughs] That would be the first thing. I’ve been in sit­u­a­tions where peo­ple had no idea what they were go­ing into – com­ing out from my last film that was a com­edy, and they walked out shell-shocked and an­gry.

You’ve worked with some big Hol­ly­wood names on this fea­ture, in­clud­ing Steven Sch­nei­der and Peter Safran. What did that teach you?

For me to be able to ex­change ideas with Steven and Peter was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. I got to work with an amaz­ing com­poser, Joseph Bishara. I used to use his mu­sic on the rough cuts, and he ac­tu­ally ended up be­com­ing our com­poser so that was quite an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self.

Is it true your dream gig is to di­rect a James Bond film?

Yeah! Those are the films that def­i­nitely in­spired me. I’m half English, so I feel a syn­ergy to­wards the brand, and I do love the idea that this classy guy loves to kick butt ev­ery now and again.

What’s next for you?

Noth­ing of­fi­cial yet, but I want to do one last Ara­bic film be­fore an English one, and that last Ara­bic film is ex­pected to be a 100 per cent Emi­rati sto­ry­line.

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