The Hollywood film of a novel by an ICS alumnus is currently playing at cinemas in America and Europe.
The 100-Foot Journey, which stars Helen Mirren and Om Puri, is the film version of Richard Morais's best-selling novel. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, it is playing in cinemas in the US and Europe, including here in Zurich. The comedy/drama follows the adventures of a young Indian cook who opens an Indian restaurant in the South of France, under the horrified nose of a Michelin-starred restaurateur.
Richard Morais was one of ICS's very first students. He attended ICS in the 1960s and 1970s and credits the school with inspiring him to become a story-teller and a writer. As he told our alumni magazine ICS World, "My life as a writer actually started in Reception at ICS. My teacher, Miss Margaret Evans, calmed us at circle time with a terrific character she herself had invented. 'Dirty Girty The Witch' was a cross old witch who lived in a toadstool. Whenever Miss Evans regaled us with Dirty Girty adventures, made up on the spot, I was transported into a magical world. From then on, storytelling was my thing."
Richard went on to work as a journalist for Forbes Magazine before leaving to pursue his passion for novel-writing. The 100-Foot Journey was his debut novel. He has since followed it up with a second book, Buddhaland Brooklyn, about a repressed Buddhist priest from Japan sent to open a temple in New York.