Boiling Point

United Kingdom 2021
In English, with English subtitles
92 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Philip Barantini
Screenplay: James Cummings, Philip Barantini
Cast: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Ray Panthaki, Jason Flemyng, Malachi Kirby
Production: Bart Ruspoli, Hester Ruoff / Ascendant Films, Burton Fox Films
Print Source: Charades

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.

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