Stephen Graham, who played one of the key roles in The Irishman will be seen playing a head chef navigating the relentless pressure of his kitchen in the feature film Boiling Point – the first project set up under Graham’s newly formed Matriarch Productions.
As revealed by Variety last month, Graham formed Matriarch with his partner, the actor Hannah Walters, with a remit of providing a platform to underrepresented voices and stories out of the U.K.
Boiling Point is a feature-length version of the eponymous short film starring Graham, which was nominated for Best British Short at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards. The project was written and directed by Philip Barantini, who is also set to helm the feature.
The cast includes Jason Isaacs and Vinette Robinson, all of whom feature in the orbit of head chef Andy McLeod (Graham), who tries to keep his restaurant functioning on the busiest day of the year in the run-up to Christmas.
Graham and Walters said: “We are delighted to bring this short to life again with our partners Ascendant Films and in setting up Matriarch Productions hope to continue developing stories that give young and first-time writers and directors an opportunity. We, too, will be mindful of improving representation behind the scenes on all Matriarch projects.”
Ruspoli added: “We at Ascendant Films are incredibly happy to be making ‘Boiling Point’ with our new partners, Matriarch Productions. Their passion and commitment means that we couldn’t be collaborating with a more perfect team.”
Discussing the formation of Matriarch Productions, Graham told Variety last month: “We hope to develop stories that give young and first-time writers and directors an opportunity, and try to develop good stories that will be a broader representation of the cultural aspects of our society.”