Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya’s The Kitchen to close London Film Festival

Still from Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya's The Kitchen.
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The Kitchen, a drama directed by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya, will be the closing night gala at this year’s London Film Festival.

Best known for his acting in the likes of Jordan Peel’s Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Murtagh.  Set in a dystopian London and made in association with Film4, The Kitchen will premiere on 15th October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. A theatrical and Netflix release will follow.

Here’s the synopsis:

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 out of the place they call home. This is where we meet a solitary Izi (Kane Robinson), living here by necessity and desperately trying to find a way out, and a 12-year-old Benji (Jedaiah Bannerman), who has lost his mother and is searching for a family. We follow our unlikely pair as they struggle to forge a relationship in a system that is stacked against them.’

It sounds like an interesting film that looks to examine societal inequalities and the sense of community that can come from hardship. Starring in the movie are Kane Robinson, Jedaiah Bannerman, Hope Ikpoku Jr, Teija Kabs, Demmy Ladipo, Cristale and BackRoad Gee.

Here’s what Tavares and Kaluuya had to say about The Kitchen's inclusion in the London Film Festival:

“We both grew up in London, and The Kitchen is a love letter to our city, so it’s a true honour to premiere it here, in our hometown, on the closing night of BFI’s London Film Festival. Starting a decade ago as a workshop in a local Barbershop, the film’s journey from script to screen has been a continued collaboration between us, and the community of cast and crew that came to make up our “Kitchen,” including our two amazing leads Kane Robinson and Jedaiah Bannerman whose performances anchor the heart of our story. Together we have aimed to make something fresh, thoughtful and cinematic – an allegory and homage to the residents of ‘The Kitchen’ in every city in the world.”

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