19th November 2021
(Based on the BIFA nominated short film by Philip Barantini and James Cummings)
The film continues Philip’s interest in authentically exploring mental health in an effort to bring issues into the public discourse. Boiling Point is focussed
on the struggle that workers are known to face in the restaurant industry, and how drugs and alcohol abuse have become a part of kitchen life for many who work there.
Set in and around a restaurant during a single evening, and an ensemble film that follows and expands upon many of the characters seen in the 2019 short. Taking inspiration from Alejandro González Iñárritu’s flmography – from Babel (2006) and Amores Perros (2000) for their use of interconnected character stories, and the single-shot style of Birdman (2014) – it grounds itself in the realist, hand-held aesthetic of Paul Greengrass’ work, as seen in flms like United 93 (2006) and Captain Philips (2013).
This film’s driving thesis is its exploration of mental health and addiction in the hospitality industry; Boiling Point aims to shine a light on the real and devastating struggles workers face in restaurants. Centralised around the head chef (as portrayed by Stephen Graham) and the in-credible pressures he faces from both the kitchen and his own addictions, we follow this small slice of his life as he tries and ultimately fails to hold it all together. Throughout the film, we wander into the stories of other characters in the restaurant, where we get a sense of how the kitchen life is affecting them. All of the characters united by the location, have individual struggles that allow us to explore different aspects of our theme, and how it changes with gender, age, and role. Despite these departures, we continually come back to the head chef as his state of mind and health slowly unravels.
Boiling Point is in post-production to be released later this year!
News & Reviews
Stephen Graham is a chef on the edge in a one-take drama filled with raw tension and boiling tempers
The trick with running a restaurant is to make it look effortless. The diners should never see the sweat on your brow or feel the jolt of panic coursing through the kitchen as the turbot runs out, or the impact on morale when the blowhard bigots on table nine start making your young Black waitress feel uncomfortable. And they should definitely not hear a big-voiced, stressed-out Liverpudlian chef shouting: ‘Foook lad, sort it!’ at the cowed commis chef shucking oysters the wrong way.
Vertigo Releasing has announced that they will be releasing BOILING POINT in UK and Irish cinemas on 19th November 2021. The ‘one-take’ film stars BAFTA nominee Stephen Graham (The Irishman, Boardwalk Empire, The Virtues) as a head chef pushed to his limits. The film is directed by Philip Barantini, whom Vertigo previously worked with when they released his debut feature, Villain. Barantini and writer James Cummings adapted BOILING POINT from Barantini’s BIFA-nominated short of the same name, which also starred Graham. The film is produced by Bart Ruspoli and Hester Ruoff.
Saban Films has acquired US rights for Philip Barantini’s UK drama Boiling Point, from Charades ahead of its world premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary in August.
Philip Barantini’s UK drama Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham, has secured distribution in key global territories through Paris-based sales agent Charades.
Paris-based sales company Charades has acquired world sales rights to UK director Philip Barantini’s upcoming feature Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham as a stressed-out head chef struggling to keep his high-end restaurant afloat.
Actor Stephen Graham’s first project under his newly launched production banner, “Boiling Point,” has rounded out its cast with “Military Wives” actor Jason Flemyng and a host of others …
“Irishman” star Stephen Graham will play a head chef navigating the relentless pressure of his kitchen in the feature film “Boiling Point” – the first project set up under Graham’s newly formed Mat…