Daniel Kaluuya’s Feature Directorial Debut ‘The Kitchen’ To Close London Film Festival 

The London Film Festival (LFF) announced today that it is closing its upcoming 67th edition with the dystopian thriller The kitchen, directed by Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares, for Netflix.

The film will have its world premiere at the Southbank Center’s Royal Festival Hall on October 15, before being released in UK cinemas and then launching on Netflix. The kitchen was made in collaboration with Film4, who also supported the film’s development, and is produced by DMC Film and 59% Productions.

The film stars veteran actor and musician Kane “Kano” Robinson alongside Jedaiah Bannerman, Hope Ikpoku Jr, Teija Kabs, Demmy Ladipo, Cristale and BackRoad Gee. Kaluuya co-wrote the project with Joe Murtagh. Synopsis reads: In a dystopian London, the gap between rich and poor has been stretched to its limits. All forms of social housing have been eradicated and only The Kitchen remains. A community that refuses to move from the place they call home. Here we meet a lonely Izi (Kane Robinson), who is forced to live here and desperately trying to find a way out, and a 12-year-old Benji (Jedaiah Bannerman), who has lost his mother and is looking for a family. . We follow our unlikely couple as they struggle to forge a relationship in a system stacked against them.

“Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya have created a film that completely exceeds our expectations of contemporary British cinema,” said Kristy Matheson, director of the BFI London Film Festival. “The kitchen provides such a space for the audience – the essential social politics and high-octane energy gel perfect for creating an exciting big screen experience. We couldn’t be happier to close out the festival with this inventive film set in a near-future London, showcasing this incredibly talented team who call this city home.”

Tavares and Kaluuya added: “We both grew up in London, and The Kitchen is a love letter to our city, so it’s a real honor to premiere here, in our hometown, on the closing night of the London Film Festival. Festival of BFI. Started ten years ago as a workshop at a local barber shop, the film’s journey from script to screen has been an ongoing collaboration between us and the community of cast and crew that made up our ‘Kitchen’, including our two amazing leads Kane Robinson and Jedaiah Bannerman whose performances anchor the core of our story. Together we have strived to create something fresh, thoughtful and cinematic – an allegory and tribute to the residents of ‘The Kitchen’ in every city in the world.”

This year LFF runs from October 4 to October 15.

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