Step into an eerily familiar, dystopian London in the first trailer for Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya’s The Kitchen.
Daniel Kaluuya is just the latest actor to step behind the camera and try their hand at directing. The Oscar winner has teamed up with Kibwe Tavares to bring to life a dystopian vision of London and we have it on very good authority that the film is pretty special.
Take a look at the very first The Kitchen trailer.
The film is scheduled to premiere in cinemas on 12 January for a limited run before hitting Netflix 19 January, so thankfully, we’ll only have to wait about a month before watching The Kitchen. It’s a completely original story, coming from a pair of first time directors and that is something to get excited about.
Here’s the official 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, living here by necessity and desperately trying to find a way out, and a 12-year-old Benji, 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.”
We caught the film at the BFI London Film Festival where The Kitchen was the closing night gala film for its world premiere. Our very own James Harvey had this to say about Tavares and Kaluuya’s film in his 4-star review: “The Kitchen’s world is an impressive feat of economical world building. Its vision of a divided future London is less flying cars versus dystopian squalor and more a balanced, and terrifyingly plausible, continuation of where the country at times seems to be heading.”
The film stars Top Boy’s Kane Robinson in his feature film debut, Jedaiah Bannerman, Hope Ikpoku Jr, Ian Wright, BackRoad Gee, Cristale, Teija Kabs and Demmy Ladipo. Kaluuya, who also penned episodes for Skins before focusing on acting full-time, has collaborated with Joe Murtaugh on the script.