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​People Have New Found Respect For Hospitality Workers After Watching Boiling Point

Jess Hardiman

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​People Have New Found Respect For Hospitality Workers After Watching Boiling Point

Viewers are saying they've found a new respect for people working in the hospitality industry after watching Stephen Graham drama Boiling Point, saying the film perfectly depicts the 'emotional and physical damages' that many workers suffer. Watch the trailer for the film here:


The single-take thriller sees Graham star as an 'emotionally scarred London chef' as he struggles to wrangle his team on the last Friday before Christmas, the busiest shift of the year.

Already battling debts, addiction and an imploding personal life, the chef's world grows even more complicated when health and safety services unexpectedly show up for an inspection.

Many viewers have admitted the tough watch helped them understand what those working in the hospitality sector often go through, saying people 'deserve more respect'.

One person tweeted: "Just watched Boiling Point, incredible film and amazingly done in one take! Stephen Graham without doubt the best UK actor, it was tense and stressful watching it, I can only feel for the people working in the hospitality sector, you deserve more respect and better pay!"

Someone else said: "Just watched Boiling Point on Netflix, really good film and really outlines the s*** people who working in hospitality get as well as the emotional and physical damages a chef career can do to a person."

Credit: Vertigo Releasing
Credit: Vertigo Releasing

Another said the movie was the 'This is Going to Hurt but for the hospitality industry', while a fourth added: "What a powerful film Boiling Point is... it kept me on edge throughout, and really opened my eyes to the immense pressure people work under in the hospitality sector. Uncomfortably immersive, funny, tragic, and absolutely remarkable."

Many others who had experienced the hardships of the industry first-hand also agreed that the film was an accurate representation of what many people go through.

One said: "Boiling Point is well worth a watch especially if you work or have ever worked in hospitality. It is absolutely bang on."

Another wrote: "Go watch Boiling Point! @StephenGraham73 is phenomenal in it and never have I seen hospitality portrayed as accurately before, while also just being a wonderfully crafted movie!"

The whole movie was filmed as one unbroken shot, just days before the first national lockdown in 2020.

Credit: Vertigo Releasing
Credit: Vertigo Releasing

At the film's premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Graham's co-star Ray Panthaki said the one-shot approach added an extra level of pressure to the shoot.

He told the Press Association: "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."

Graham added of the film project: "It's kind of like getting to peek behind the curtain and have a little look and see what's out there.

"There's so many great characters within every kitchen environment, and hopefully we made a fair representation of the diversity of what it's like in a kitchen, there's all different ethnicities, different cultural backgrounds, different classes, age, it's a great amalgamation of loads of different characters and there's drama going on that as well."

You can watch Boiling Point on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Vertigo Releasing

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Stephen Graham

Jess Hardiman
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