Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Magda Gessler – they’re not just specialists in their profession, they’re also people who’ve made us fall in love with television cooking shows in recent years. Andy Jones (the excellent Stephen Graham), the chef in a luxury restaurant and the protagonist of Philip Barantini's film, could easily be part of that group. Unfortunately we see him in action on a day when nothing goes well from the start. An overcrowded restaurant, delays in the kitchen, a disruptive health inspector. And if that’s not enough, there’s a renowned food critic among the guests, for whom everything has to be prepared with the greatest care. Shot in a single take, Boiling Point is not only a unique insider's look at the workings of a restaurant, but also a classic thriller. Blood, sweat and tears get mixed in with the relentless pressure. Nominated for BAFTA awards in four categories, the film might make us a bit more understanding when there’s a long wait for a meal in a restaurant.
Philip Barantini, James Cummings
Aaron May, David Ridley
Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham, Jason Flemyng, Hannah Walters