After 20 years of performing in front of the camera - including roles in the massively successful Band of Brothers (2001), Ned Kelly (2003), Chernobyl (2019), and Humans (2015), to name a few, Philip Barantini transitioned into directing in the late 2010s, marking his first short film with the award-winning Seconds Out (2019), written by and starring Robbie O'Neill. Following this, Barantini directed the BIFA-nominated short film Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham, which was then adapted into the hotly anticipated one-shot feature of the same name in 2021; both movies were co-written with Barantini's frequent collaborator James Cummings. Boiling Point saw its international debut in competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and premiered in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2021. The film garnered glowing reviews from both critics and audiences, who have called the film "dizzying" [The Guardian] and "utterly compelling" [Variety], commending the film for its "piano-wire tension" [Time Out] and performances - "Stephen Graham is phenomenally mesmerizing" [HeyUGuys]. It recently won four BIFA's including Best Supporting Actress (Vinette Robinson), Best Cinematography, Best Casting, and Best Sound. and was nominated in 11 categories.