A new film starring Stephen Graham as a chef under extreme pressure is one of this year’s British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) favorites.
Boiling Point, in which the Ibstock actor plays a chef on one of the busiest nights of the year, joins the autobiographical tale, Belfast, leading with 11 nominations each.
Graham, whose most notable roles are intensely emotional and passionate characters, is chef Andy Jones in the film set in an east London restaurant in the run-up to Christmas. His wife Hannah Walters is also featured in the film.
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Directed by Philip Barantini, Boiling Point is developing a short film of the same name released in 2019 – and was shot in one take.
The intense drama is nominated for Best British Independent Film while Graham is nominated for Best Actor.
Actor Ray Panthaki and actress Vinette Robinson who star alongside Graham are nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Actress, Lauryn Ajufo is also nominated in the revolutionary performance category.
Boiling Point will compete with Ali & Ava, After Love, The Nest and The Souvenir Part II for the award for Best British Independent Film and has already won numerous reviews.
Graham faces off against Riz Ahmed for Encounter, Adeel Akhtar for Ali & Ava, Jude Law for The Nest and James Norton for Nowhere Special for Best Acting Gong.
Boiling Point hits UK cinemas on December 3.
Sir Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film Belfast about his childhood in Northern Ireland also tops the list of nominations.
Belfast star Caitriona Balfe is nominated for Best Actress and will face Carrie Coon for The Nest, Claire Rushbrook for Ali & Ava, Joanna Scanlan for After Love and Ruth Wilson for True Things for the award,
His co-stars, Dame Judi Dench are nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Ciaran Hinds nominated for Best Supporting Actor and star Jude Hill is nominated for a breakthrough performance.
Films After Love, Censor and The Souvenir Part II all received nine nominations each.
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The nominations were announced by Sex Education star Mimi Keene and Samuel Adewunmi of The Last Tree at Curzon Soho in London.
Ten of the films nominated for the awards were supported by BBC Film, racking up 47 nods.
They include After Love, The Souvenir Part II, Ali & Ava, The Nest, Sweetheart, Cow, Pirates, Benediction, True Things and the short Precious Hair & Beauty.
Rose Garnett, Director of BBC Film, said: “We are incredibly proud to have supported these bold and ambitious films and directorial talents, and we are delighted that Bifa voters have recognized their outstanding work. “
After Love star Scanlan, nominated for Best Actress, said she was delighted with her nod: “This is incredible news to me!
“Many thanks to Bifa for honoring our film After Love. What a joy to be offered the role of Marie / Fazanah, swim, roll, pray and cry.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 5, while the craft prize winners will be announced on November 19.
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