Having impressed audiences with his romantic drama Omar, a tale of two people who have fallen in love in challenging conditions – it’s not a huge surprise to see director Hany Abu-Assad delve into familiar territory for his Hollywood debut, in a tale of love, and survival, in The Mountain Between Us.

Starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in the lead roles, Abu-Assad tells us how much of a happy accident it was for the pair to fall into their respective parts, after scheduling conflicts meant that Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie dropped out.

He also tells us why he felt it was so imperative the film was shot on location, in spite of the harsh conditions, and whether or not he can see a future for himself in Hollywood.

Watch the full interview below…



Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realising that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength.

The Mountain Between Us is released on October 6th. You can read our review of the film here.