Boiling Point

On the busiest night of the year at one of the hottest restaurants in London, charismatic and commanding head chef Andy Jones balances along a knife's edge as multiple personal and professional crises threaten to destroy everything he's worked for. A surprise visit from a health and safety inspector sets the staff on edge as the overbooked hot spot fills with guests. Jones tries his best to diffuse tensions between management and crew while catering to the ridiculous demands of customers.

Philip Barantini serves up a single-take headlong nightmare in this drama set in a restaurant, starring the formidable Stephen Graham as an up-and-coming chef called Andy who is running on pure adrenaline, and maybe something more in that water bottle of his. Without any cuts to darkness or a camera flash, Barantini follows the dizzying continuous action in the kitchens and out in the dining room as the pressure begins to take its toll on everyone.

There’s lots of drive here and the pace doesn’t flag: it actually becomes most interesting when there isn’t anything obviously dramatic happening, just the ambient atmosphere of the kitchen and Geiger counter tick of jittery nervous energy. The explosively potent Graham delivers a colossal, intimate ending, acted with complete and affecting sincerity. He has presence, potency and force.

Programme Type: Film

Director: Philip Barantini

Cast: Stephen Graham, Hannah Waters, Vinette Robinson

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 95 minutes

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