An award winning movie made by a top UK director made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival and swept international awards. The Chocolate Club was screened at the Festival De Palais. Director Deborah Hadfield, star Josh Taylor and many other cast & crew members attended the festival to short the movie made in Cornwall. The film is making an international splash picking up more than 50 awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Deborah Hadfield, Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards for Cornish actress Kate Edney, Best Actor awards for leading man Josh Taylor. The film has also been nominated for honours in other festivals across the globe, including 6 nominations at the Madrid International Film Festival. Cornish actress Kate Edney is up for Best Actress in the Spanish festival.

It’s the latest film from the award winning Queen Bee Films, which was founded by TV presenter Deborah Hadfield. The director’s last film We Two Together picked up more than 50 awards. She said: “It’s a thrill to share the movie with an international audience at the world’s most prestigious film festival. The movie received rave reviews, including a judge from the Golden Globes
who attended the screening. She said the film made her cry and it was an important movie that needed to be seen all over the world.” The festive romantic comedy was shot on location in Cornwall in the winter of 2023. Deborah says: “Cornwall has a special place in my heart and it was truly magical to film in such a spectacular location.” The film is a tribute to her twin brother Garry, who died suddenly in 2021. The movie is based around a support group where fun, friendship and chocolate offer hope of brighter future. Deborah says: “Making this film helped me work through the loss of my brother and Cornwall has always been a sanctuary for me.”

Leading man Josh Taylor, who can currently be seen in Amazon Prime’s Alex Rider series, said he was “thrilled” to have won the Best Actor award. He said: “It was wonderful to film in such a stunning part of the UK and the award is the icing on the cake.” Made on a tiny budget, iconic Cornish locations, such as Fistral Beach, Newquay, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze Beach provide the backdrop to the story. Deborah said: “The scenery is so dramatic, it makes the film look like it cost millions. It’s a privilege to work in such a stunning part of the country.
Working with a mainly Cornish cast and crew was also a joy as everyone was so creative and supportive.’ The film director was able to film in Cornwall thanks to the support for friends in the County too. She says Exec producer Rich Barker offered his amazing home and the glamping site, Penhallow House, as a location & production base. She says”The offer was a gamechanger as it meant Penhallow became the centre of operations. Rich and Ian Jury opened their home and hearts to our cast & crew with such kindness & generosity. Ian was also our art director and transformed our locations into incredible sets. It was an honour and joy to share this journey with them.”
Another location which is showcased is Adam Handling’s Ugly Butterfly restaurant at Carbis Bay. Deborah says: “Adam and his team gave us the most amazing welcome. They also created chocolate for us to film with. It was a gorgeous location which helps make the movie sparkle.” Deborah, who was born in Burton on Trent, in Staffordshire started her career on newspapers in Lichfield. She went on to work as a TV presenter and reporter for BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera and Arise News before moving into film making. She has presented all over the world, including at the Oscars’s red carpet and as a royal correspondent for Harry & Meghan’s wedding. The movie also celebrates famous Cornish brands like Kernow Chocolate, Tarquin’s Gin, Cornish Chocolate Cove, St Austell Brewery, Finnistere, Made of Water, Sunset and Box & Barber Coffee. Deborah says “Working with iconic brands like St Austells Brewery and Tarquins Gin was important to me as I wanted to feature the best the county has to offer as well as its fabulous landscapes. St Austell Brewery and Tarquins Gin provided their incredible drinks for our film which means the world will get to see what Cornwall brands offer. Using Cornish Chocolate was key too as I wanted it to reflect that Cornwall creates the most delicious treats,” says Deborah. Andy and his team at Kernow Chocolate were so kind and supportive in providing the chocolate from their amazing factory in Cornwall.” The movie will screen for cast, crew and supporters at the Lighthouse Cinema
in Newquay on Friday, June 21st.

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