Regent's student stars in London Film Festival movie

Regent’s student Mohammed Mostafa is starring in a film featured in the 2016 BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October).

The Worthy, directed by Emirati writer–director Ali Mostafa, is a post-apocalyptic action thriller produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Scary Movie, Buried), Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Rami Yasin, which is being hailed as the first collaboration of its kind between Hollywood and the Arab film world.

Mohammed Mostafa in The Worthy

Film reviewers have described the film as ‘a brutal, gripping game of cat-and-mouse ... part social commentary and part sheer thrill ride,’ and ‘a breathless, audacious ripping up the script of what to expect from an Arabic language film.’

Mohammed, aged 25, from Dubai, plays the lead character’s best friend and has received rave reviews from film critics for his performance, despite his limited acting training. Mohammed’s background is sport and business and came to study Business and Management at Regent’s after setting up a Crossfit gym in Dubai called The Burn Room.

He only became involved in acting to support his brother, the well-known Arab director Ali Mostafa (City of Life, From A to B) who needed actors for his films.

“Ali was the one who encouraged me to audition for The Worthy in Dubai but it was the producers who chose me – it was their decision,” says Mohammed. “I was really surprised by my performance that turned out better than I expected! I used to be passionate about football when I was younger but now I feel passionate about acting.”

The Worthy film panel

He has walked the red carpet and been involved in audience Q&A sessions at the film’s packed screenings during the LFF. However, Mohammed has no intention of giving up his business studies just yet though.

“Although The Burn Room was a success, I felt that I needed to learn more about business and chose to study at Regent’s because of all of the opportunities here and the people you can meet from all over the world. It really opens your eyes to people’s experiences,” says Mohammed.

BFI London Film Festival

“Staring in this film has been a great experience and one of the wonderful opportunities you get living in London – but I want to continue my business degree and I’m particularly interested in business marketing.”

You can see Mohammed Mostafa in The Worthy at the final LFF screening at the Curzon Mayfair cinema, 9pm on Saturday 15 October. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


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