To celebrate the release of the acclaimed new drama Encounter, we sat down with the film’s star and director to discover its origins.

A decorated Marine (Riz Ahmed) goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from a mysterious threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.

Chatting to star Ahmed about the film he tells us how he wanted to work with director Michael Pearce after seeing his previous films, including Beast, as well as the story of family, fatherhood, mental health and helping people when they can’t help themselves, as well as his two young co-stars (Lucian-River Chauhan, and Aditya Geddada) and their incredible turns.

Pearce, meanwhile, tells us why he wanted to make the film, the changes made to the initial concept, how casting Ahmed helped them mould the film and how the pandemic both hindered and helped the final film.

You can watch the full interview below:

Encounter opens in UK cinemas on December 3rd and on Amazon Prime Video on December 10th.