Directed by Costa Botes.
A biopic charting the rise and fall of the inventor of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Covering the rise and fall of Jelly Belly inventor David Klein, Candyman is a true underdog story with a not-so-happy ending. In all, Candyman is an enjoyable view regardless of its length-padding techniques. It was the winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the 2010 Rincon International Film Festival and was part of the official selection at SlamDance and HotDocs.
The film starts by following Klein’s early days as a businessman. Having graduated top of his UCLA class, Klein decided not to follow the family-anticipated legal career route and instead chased his dream of making candy. Taking the initial concept of the Jelly Bean, Klein adapted it to be less waxy, more upmarket and, vitally, gave it many different flavours. His success was quick,