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DP Matthew Lewis wins BIFA Best Cinematography Award for the one-shot wonder Boiling Point

Dec 6, 2021

The 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have announced DP Matthew Lewis as the winner for Best Cinematography for Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham as an up-and-coming chef called Andy and his adrenaline-filled evening during a pre-Christmas dinner sitting.

Running at 90-minutes, Boiling Point was captured by Lewis in a single, continuous take – with no cuts or invisible joins. The cinematographer developed a camera rig for the film, harnessing the capabilities of the Sony Venice camera in Rialto mode for agile operation during production.

Boiling Point premiered to acclaim at the Karlovy Vary festival in the Czech Republic and screened to packed cinemas during the 2021 London Film Festival, where it earned acclaim for Graham’s gripping central performance, as well as Lewis’ formidable camerawork in and around the tables, kitchens and backyard of the real-life restaurant location. You can read all about Lewis and his work on the film on CW006, the November edition of Cinematography World.

Boiling Point also secured four acting nominations (including one for Graham), as well as best British independent film and best director for Philip Barantini.

Other Best Cinematography nominees were:

Mátyás Erdély for The Nest

The Nest
Jude Law, Carrie Coon
CR: IFC Films

Magdalena Kowalczyk for Cow


Annika Summerson for Censor

Haris Zambarloukos for Belfast


The BIFAs highlight and celebrate the best independent British film and film-makers and the best future prospects, with nominees and winners selected by the industry.

for the full list of winners, visit

BIFA was founded by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne in 1998, who also founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993.


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