THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY [U] SPECIAL FEATURE

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam [Manish Dayal] is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. 

Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa [Om Puri], settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant - the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. 

That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory [Helen Mirren], gets wind of it. 

Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments - until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite [Charlotte Le Bon], combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. 

At first Mme Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognises Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. 

Find out more about the movie in this special feature.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FIVE: AUSTRALIA BOUND, ALMOST CERTAINLY
The Australian government has approved a £11 million [21 million Australian dollar] package of incentives to secure the shooting of the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise [pictured] within the country…more

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FIVE: AUSTRALIA BOUND, ALMOST CERTAINLY

The Australian government has approved a £11 million [21 million Australian dollar] package of incentives to secure the shooting of the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise [pictured] within the country…more

CEDRIC CHARLIER GETS NAUTICAL WITH PETIT BATEAU

December is to see the launch of a new collaborative collection from the French lifestyle brand Petit Bateau and the Belgian fashion designer Cédric Charlier [whose work is pictured]…more

INTERVIEW: RICHARD BOLL

Richard Boll [whose work is pictured] is a National Portrait Prize winning photographer, highly renowned for his portrait photography. A graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, Boll has since established himself as a leading photographer [and also as a teacher and mentor for other up and coming photographers]…more

STEVE MADDEN USA, WITH TWO COLLABORATIONS
The American footwear brand Steve Madden [sort of pictured] is to collaborate with the Californian blogger Shea Marie, of Peace Love Shea, to create a new limited edition fall/winter collection…more

STEVE MADDEN USA, WITH TWO COLLABORATIONS

The American footwear brand Steve Madden [sort of pictured] is to collaborate with the Californian blogger Shea Marie, of Peace Love Shea, to create a new limited edition fall/winter collection…more

THE EQUALIZER [15]: ABOUT THE MOVIE

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. 

But when McCall meets Teri [Chloë Grace Moretz], a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. 

Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. 

If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. 

INTERVIEW: PHARRELL WILLIAMS

We got the chance to interview Pharrell Williams [pictured] for issue 6 of total:spec magazine, just as Williams was starting to build his reputation as an independent commercial artist across a wide range of media [and indeed products].

Below is that interview, with a little bit of an update, taking in the views of Williams on the industry he works in and his thoughts on where his career would go next.

Enjoy!…more