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The Hundred-Foot Journey: East meets West

Dame Helen Mirren’s new movie features a clash of cultures in the south of France. How easy is it to interest audiences all around the world in the same story?

A new confection of East meets West arrives on the big screen with The Hundred-Foot Journey, the story of a culture clash in the south of France between an imperious French restaurateur (Helen Mirren) and the owner of an Indian eatery (Om Puri) who has set up shop nearby.

It’s a relatively small film but it has some big industry backers –  the movie’s producers include Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

From Slumdog Millionaire to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – which has a sequel in the pipeline – and now The Hundred-Foot Walk, there appears to be a market for stories that feature Indian culture. But it’s not always easy to get audiences in both the East and West to embrace the same film with equal passion.

Tom Brook speaks to Dame Helen, Om Puri and the film’s screenwriter, Stephen Knight.

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