The Chocolate Club movie press release May 7 2024


A British film made on a micro budget is making a splash internationally. The Chocolate Club is a festive romantic comedy filmed on location in Cornwall, England, in the winter of 2023. It has been nominated for 5 awards at the Nice International Film Festival. Writer and Director Deborah Hadfield made the movie to remember her twin brother Garry. She said: “Cornwall has always been a sanctuary for me. When my twin brother Garry died suddenly in 2021, it helped me heal from his death.”
The director won more than 50 awards with her last film, We Too Together, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The movie sold all over the world, from North America to South Korea. Deborah, who was born in the Midlands, chose to film entirely on location in Cornwall. She said: “The breathtaking scenery was part of the attraction for choosing the county. It was also important for me to collaborate with as many Cornish people too, as they share my passion for the South West.”
The Chocolate Club has picked up nominations for Best English Language Film and Best Director. Cornish star and leading lady Kate Edney has been nominated for best actress. Leading man Josh Taylor, who can be seen in Amazon Prime’s Alex Rider series, has been nominated for best actor. The film’s editor Kant Pan, who received an Oscar nomination for The Crying Game, has been nominated for best editor.
“I am thrilled that the film is getting such recognition and it’s a tribute to the hard work of all involved that we have picked up five nominations at such a prestigious event,” said Deborah.
The film is based around a support group nicknamed The Chocolate Club, where 7 strangers search for faith, hope, love and chocolate. It is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20 for buyers around the world. Deborah and her team are attending the festival to support the movie.
Iconic Cornish locations like Fistral Beach, Newquay, Lusty Glaze Beach, Watergate Bay, Mylor Harbor and Maenporth Beach are the stars of the film. Deborah said her team is grateful for the hospitality and support of the people based in Cornwall. “Working on a low budget means relying on the goodwill and generosity of the Cornish people, who embraced us like family.
The rugged beauty of the beaches, cliffs and countryside of Cornwall helps make the film look like it cost millions. For me the county is like having one of the best real life film studios in the world.”
Deborah, a former TV presenter and reporter for ITV, BBC, AL Jazeera, and Arise TV, has made a series of short films and features which have been screened globally winning dozens of international awards. She set up her company Queen Bee Films to make movies. She says it’s important for her to share stories which inspire people and are told with heart.”Being recognised for our new film is a chance to also show off the talent of our cast and crew. Filmmaking is a collaborative art. My Director of Photography Tim Boydell, who is from Cornwall, gave me the chance to make my dream come true with gorgeous images that stir the soul,” she said.
Emerging star Josh Taylor has picked up a nomination for Best Actor for his role as Oscar, a British lord masquerading as a tramp. Currently playing John Rider in the Alex Rider series, he has also appeared in The Crown and episodes of Poldark and Marvel’s Lucky Man.
Leading lady Kate Edney lives in Cornwall and appears regularly in the TV series Casualty.
The movie also features Cornish brands Kernow Chocolate, Cornish Chocolate Cove, Tarquin’s Gin, St Austell Brewery, Finisterre, Made of Water, Sunset and Box & Barber coffee