Stephen Graham's new film Boiling Point has just been released and viewers are shocked to learn that it was filmed in just one shot. You can watch the trailer below:
The This Is England star plays a head chef pushed to his limits as he works the last Friday before Christmas, the busiest night of the year.
Graham’s central character is already battling debts, addiction and an imploding personal life when health and safety services unexpectedly show up for an inspection.
While films such as 1917 have the appearance of a single-take but disguise cuts with clever camerawork, Boiling Point was actually filmed as one unbroken shot.
The film was shot just days before the first national lockdown in 2020, with Graham's co-star Ray Panthaki said filming the whole movie in one take added an extra level of pressure to the shoot.
He explained: "Stephen takes the whole weight of the movie on his shoulders. And he was completely on it the whole way through.
“There would be moments where the camera would be off me and I’d be like looking through my pieces of paper going ‘Where am I next? Where am I next? What’s my next move? Where am I going?’ and Stephen would be like, ‘Ray, you’re over there’.
“He’s got this amazing awareness of everything that was going on.”
Viewers are now reacting to the film, and specifically the fact that it was shot in one take, with one writing: "Stephen Graham and the rest of the cast and crew in Boiling Point like wow, unbelievable and shot in one take too!"
first cinema trip of 2022 was the incredible, immersive BOILING POINT. the one-take choreographed chaos left me in bits 🥵 pic.twitter.com/GK2D4xOTJD— Eve Crosbie (@eve_crosbie) January 5, 2022
Posting a review on IMDb, another wrote: "I've never seen anything like this. Stephen Graham is as dependable as always but the whole cast are unbelievable."
They went on to add: "I'm not sure I even took a breath due to the intensity of the whole thing. And don't even get me started on the fact it was done in ONE TAKE!! Remarkable film making."
A third said: "If you get the chance to watch Boiling Point, please do. I knew nothing going in other than 'Stephen Graham plays a chef'.
"It is one shot, one take and it is so well made. Some stellar performances too. The best bit is that it feels real, dialogue, relationships. Class."
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