Daniel Kaluuya co-writes, co-directs and co-produces. The kitchen, a new British dystopian thriller film coming exclusively to Netflix in January 2024. Having been in development since at least 2016, it’s been a long time coming. Here you will find everything you need to know about the film.
Editor’s note: What’s on Netflix was one of the first to report on the film in March 2022, and this preview has been updated to reflect the latest developments. It was last updated in August 2023 with the new photo and information about its release date.
59% Productions and DMC Film are collaborating on the film, which is being considered a futuristic dystopian drama. Film4 and Factory Fifteen are also producing.
Here’s everything we know about the project so far:
That The kitchen on Netflix about?
Here’s a rundown of the «high-concept» project that will film in London and Paris and which, according to sources, has already begun:
“London, 2040: Rising house prices, computerized labor and the eradication of the welfare state have turned the city into the playground of billionaires, pushing the lower classes into empty provincial skyscrapers that look like to slums like The Kitchen. Ex-Smash-and-Grabber Izi is desperate to get back to normal, but when his young son contracts a devastating illness, he is forced to take part in a heist that will change the lives of everyone in The Kitchen forever. .
Daniel Kaluuya, about the film announcement posted on Instagram:
“This has been 8 years in the making with director @kibwetavares and producer Dan Emmerson, it started from a conversation in a barbershop when I discovered kids were doing million pound heists in a minute for £200 in a dystopian London in the future.
Production on The Kitchen has just begun. Proud to co-write (with Joe Murtagh) and produce this through my production company 59%, DMC film, Film 4 and @netflixuk @netflix.
Starring @therealkano and Jedaiah Bannerman.
I hope you take it with you.
In a little bit.»
Who’s behind The kitchen on netflix?
The initial idea for the project came from Daniel Kaluuya, Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Emmerson, who are involved in the project in various capacities.
Kibwe Tavares will make his feature directorial debut on the film. He is the founder of a production company called Factory Fifteen. He notably worked on the BBC programme. Zeros + Crosses as executive producer. He has also directed and written numerous science fiction short films, including Robot and scarecrow, Polar Bear, and Brixto Robotsnorth.
Speaking about the project, Tavares said:
“The Kitchen is very much a love letter to London, the city that has defined my childhood and, ultimately, my identity. It is set in an extreme version of our current world; Our characters have no choice but to let the city take over them. Through Benji, a 12-year-old boy in need of care, we explore what we, as a society, lose in the ever-changing and shifting patterns of living in our cities. “This is a movie for all communities trying to take care of each other.”
The co-authors of the project are Daniel Kaluuya and Joe Murtagh.
Kaluuya is the Oscar-winning actor, writer and producer known for characters such as Go out, Black Panther, and Netflix black mirror episode Fifteen million merits. Kaluuya is also involved in another high-profile Netflix project where she will star and produce. The project in question is The upper world first announced for Netflix in August 2020. Kaluuya was mentioned in the aforementioned interview to star in the Netflix film, but it is unknown if that is still the case.
Murtagh worked on two major projects, including Calm with the horses (another DMC movie) and London gangs.
Kareem Adeshina serves as associate producer of the film and Wyatt Garfield He is a director of photography.
Who stars in Netflix’s The Kitchen?
Two names have been announced for the film along with today’s announcement.
Kane Robinson (Kano) will play the lead role of Izi, having recently appeared in the Netflix series top boy season 2.
Jedaiah Bannermana newcomer, will play Benji’s co-star.
Esperanza Ikpoku Jr., Teija Kabs, Demmy Ladipo, glass, and BackRoad, wow Complete the main cast.
Furthermore, the cast of The kitchen includes:
- Henry Lawfull (A boy named Christmas) as Cronik
- Pierre Bergman (Ted Lasso)
- Fiona Marr (Ted Lasso)
- Demmy Ladipo (queen) like jase
- Lola Rose Maxwell (dazzled) as Fiona
The football legend also appears throughout the film. Ian Wright.
The kitchen has been in development for six years.
The project has been underway for quite some time. It was announced publicly for the first time. back in 2016participating in a Sundance Directors Lab program, but presented again through ScreenDaily 2018 profile on DMC Film. The profile talks about the upcoming movie. Calm with the horses (a film that Netflix licensed in many regions last year) and even talks about a “dystopian thriller” called “The Kitchen, written by Daniel Kaluuya and to be directed by Kibwe Tavares.”
Going back to 2017, Tavares spoke with onepointfour about talking about what we can expect, but added that production would begin in 2018 (that didn’t happen) and that financing could be an issue, especially given the scope of the film:
“Hopefully we will go into production sometime next year. We have our main financier, Film4, and then we are going to get more financing from other partners, we have one more draft before we do that. But we have a lot of interest because Daniel Kaluuya stars in it and was also in Get Out, which was a great success this summer, and anyway we have always had a lot of interest from Sundance, they have been wanting us and pushing us to achieve it.
Of course, the film now lands on Netflix courtesy of Netflix UK Features Director Fiona Lamptey, who joined Netflix in October 2020.
When The kitchen Will it be released on Netflix?
Production on the film began in late March 2022 and ran through much of 2022. It was filmed in both London and Paris.
According Kareem Adeshina websiteThe film was originally scheduled to premiere on Netflix in late 2023. However, his LinkedIn profile now confirms a January 2024 release date.
That is backed by the BBFC, which claims that the film will be released on January 12, 2024, while we have sources suggesting that the film will be released on January 19, 2024. This could indicate that the film will have a limited theatrical release on January 12 and then it will land on Netflix. a week later, on January 19. Stay tuned.
Netflix did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the release date of The kitchen.
In October 2023, the film had its world premiere at the closing gala of the BFI London Film Festival. Festival director Kristy Matheson said in a statement about the premiere:
“Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya have made a film that totally exceeds our expectations of contemporary British cinema. The Kitchen offers many possibilities to audiences: essential social politics and high-octane energy gel are perfect for creating an electrifying experience on the big screen. “We couldn’t be more excited to close the festival with this groundbreaking film set in near-future London that showcases this incredibly talented team who call this city home.”
What were the criticisms for? The kitchen?
Given its premiere at a film festival, it gave critics a chance to see the film and reviews were generally positive.
At the time of the November 2023 update, the film has an 83% on RottenTomatoes.
Leila Latif for IGN said: “With a powerful lead performance from Kane Robinson, striking aesthetics and witty dialogue, the 98-minute run runs with aplomb and its ending packs a punch.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Maher for the Times He wasn’t that interested, gave it two stars out of 5 and said:
“The Kitchen, with its amazing conceptual environment, would have laid the foundation for a top-notch video game. Or perhaps a detailed virtual reality gallery installation. But as a movie, and especially as a drama, it doesn’t work.”
I also managed to attend the opening night, but I didn’t really feel like it. It is a visually impressive film that does not move forward when necessary and, despite the good performances of the protagonists, it did not achieve the emotional landing that it expected.
There’s more to come – let us know in the comments if you’re looking forward to seeing it. The kitchen on Netflix.