The short-film “Boiling Point” opens on a head chef, played by Stephen Graham, trying to keep his restaurant functioning on the busiest day of the year. It’s the run-up to Christmas and he’s balancing intense stress, along with a hustling kitchen, to keep it all together. The film portrays the hard work put in by restaurant professionals, not often shown, during the busy holiday season. While it can be a joyous time celebrating with family and friends, for restaurant workers there is a lot of hard work that goes into preparing the perfect meal and dining service. Although this is only a short film, it still manages to portray the intensity and emotion of a full feature-length picture.
Let me start off by saying that there is a lot to love in this short film. However, one thing specifically sticks out in my mind and that is the slice-of-life dramatic intensity, in a kitchen setting that would usually be hidden to customers of a busy restaurant. I have to admit visiting many crowded restaurants myself and not having given one thought to the hard work going on in the kitchen behind-the-scenes. Now that I have seen this film, I have a new appreciation for people that work in these restaurants, especially the ones who are working during the holidays. The characters are extremely well developed and interact in such an authentic way that you really feel you are side-by-side with them experiencing what they are experiencing. This is a realistic picture of the workings in a restaurant kitchen. The intensity of the short film keeps your attention without getting too out of hand and the actors brought the characters to life so well that my eyes were glued to the screen.
Such an amazing film could not have been pulled off without the lead actor, who made this film a “must-watch”. Stephen Graham gave a fantastic performance and really showed what it was like to be a chef in those stressful times. I was very impressed with Graham’s acting. Graham is supported by a great cast that helped intensify the plot. It will certainly be very interesting to watch the adapted feature film version of “Boiling Point” and see how the characters and plot develop. I cannot wait to see how the production turns out. If it is anything like the short film version, I’m sure that it will be amazing.
Stephen Graham, one of the UK’s most talented actors, brings an enormous amount of experience from his past acting credits. He is well-known for his role in the film “This Is England”, where he played a hot-tempered English nationalist, and a wide variety of other film credits which include “Gangs of New York”, “Snatch”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, and “Dead Men Tell No Tales” (major blockbuster hits), and most recently “The Irishman” where he played Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano. He has also worked in television where he had a recurring role as the infamous Al Capone on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Jacob Marley in “A Christmas Carol.” Film and Television have not been his only horizon. Graham has also featured in several music videos for artists like Deadmau5 and Arctic Monkeys. With his impressive background it is no surprise that Graham has been nominated for numerous awards including BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild where he won for his work on Boardwalk Empire.
The “Boiling Point” short film was nominated for Best British Short at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards. This success must be why it was picked up to be a feature length film. According to the newly updated IMDB page “Boiling Point” will be a feature-length film directed and executively produced by Philip Barantini. Executive Producers include Angus Henderson, Anthony Jabre, Ian Kirk, Sara Sehdev, Ward Trowman, Hanah Walters, and Samantha Warham, and producers include Hester Ruoff and Bart Ruspoli, with co-producer Stefan D’Bart. Actors supporting Stephen Graham on screen include Jason Flemyng and Vinette Robinson.