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Chuck Chuck Baby – Watch the trailer for the new Welsh romantic comedy

Studio Soho Distribution has announced that their feature film CHUCK CHUCK BABY, funded by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding, BBC Film and Ffilm Cymru Wales, will be released in UK and Irish cinemas this summer from 19th July.

Written and directed by Janis Pugh (The Befuddled Box of Betty Buttifint, Blue Collars and Buttercups), starring Louise Brealey (Such Brave Girls, Brian and Charles, Sherlock, Smack the Pony), Annabel Scholey (The Sixth Commandment, The Split, The Serial Killer’s Wife), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs Brown’s Boys), Celyn Jones (The Almond and the Seahorse), Emily Fairn (Black Mirror, The Responder) and produced by Anne Beresford, Adam Partridge, Andrew Gillman and Peggy Cafferty, CHUCK CHUCK BABY is a film of love, loss and music set amongst the falling feathers of a chicken factory.

Set in present-day industrial North Wales, Helen spends her nights packing chickens and her days caring for a dying mother-figure Gwen. Helen’s world takes an unexpected turn with the return of Joanne. They were the objects of the other’s unspoken teenage passions twenty years ago. One night, encouraged by Helen, Joanne starts a playful wooing game that re-awakens their youthful feelings.

As they fall in love and lust, Helen’s zest for life returns but Joanne feels the walls closing in as she faces something much darker from her past. Helen’s world is shattered when Gwen dies and Joanne’s painful memories cause her to flee. Separated and alone, will both women reflect on their unfulfilled chance to break their barriers and allow love to win?

Hillary saw the film at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and said it was “a film for anyone that sings with reckless abandon.”

The film features the music of Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Minnie Riperton and others and had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival; its North American Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival; produced by Artemisia Films Ltd and executive produced by LizzieFrancke for the BFI, Kimberley Warner for Ffilm Cymru Wales, Max Fisher and Mary Fisher for MDF.

Writer/Director Janis Pugh said: “I am absolutely delighted that Chuck Chuck Baby has made it to general release in the UK. Our independent film, shot in 26 days has captured so many hearts on its festival journey, from Edinburgh to Toronto, Palm Springs, Zurich and many more. It’s a testament to an amazing cast and crew for all their hard work and belief in the story. But mostly it’s a fantastic tribute to the working women celebrated in the film.”

CHUCK CHUCK BABY will be released in UK & Irish cinemas from 19th July 2024.

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