Daniel Kaluuya is co-writing, co-directing, and co-producing The Kitchen, a new British dystopian thriller movie headed exclusively for Netflix in January 2024. Having been in development since at least 2016, it’s been a long time coming. Here’s everything you need to know about the movie.
Editor’s note: What’s on Netflix amongst the first to report the movie in March 2022, with this preview being updated to reflect the latest developments. It was last updated in August 2023 with the new photo and information about its premiere date.
59% Productions and DMC Film are collaborating on the film, which is being dubbed as a futuristic dystopian drama. Film4 and Factory Fifteen are also producing.
What’s The Kitchen on Netflix about?
Here’s a logline for the “high concept” project set to film in London and Paris, which, according to sources, has begun:
“This one has been 8 years in the making with director @kibwetavares and producer Dan Emmerson, started from a conversation in a barbershop when I found out kids were doing million pound heists in a minute for £200 to a dystopian London in the future.
Production just started on The Kitchen. Proud to be co-writing (w/ Joe Murtagh) and producing on this one through my production company 59%, DMC film, Film 4 & @netflixuk @netflix.
Starring @therealkano and Jedaiah Bannerman.
Looking forward to you guys taking it away with you.
In a 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 all involved in the project in various capacities.
Kibwe Tavares will make his feature film directorial debut in the movie. He’s the founder of a production company called Factory Fifteen. He notably worked on the BBC’s Noughts + Crosses as an executive producer. He has also directed and written many sci-fi shorts, including Robot & Scarecrow, Polar Bear, and Robots of Brixton.
Kaluuya is the Oscar-award-winning actor, writer, and producer known for the likes of Get Out, Black Panther, and Netflix’s Black Mirror episode Fifteen Million Merits. Kaluuya is also attached to another high-profile Netflix project where he’ll star and produce. The project in question is The Upper World first announced for Netflix back in August 2020. Kaluuya was mentioned in the aforementioned interview to star in the Netflix movie, but whether that’s still the case is unknown.
Murtagh worked on two significant projects, including Calm with Horses (another DMC Film) and Gangs of London.
Kareem Adeshina serves as associate producer on the movie, and Wyatt Garfield is director of Photography.
Who’s starring in Netflix’s The Kitchen?
Two names have been announced for the movie alongside today’s announcement.
Kane Robinson (Kano) will be playing the lead role of Izi, having recently appeared in Netflix’s Top Boy season 2.
Jedaiah Bannerman, a newcomer, will play the co-lead of Benji.
Hope Ikpoku Jr, Teija Kabs, Demmy Ladipo, Cristale, and BackRoad Gee round out the main cast.
Also, the cast for The Kitchen includes:
- Henry Lawfull (A Boy Called Christmas) as Cronik
- Pierre Bergman (Ted Lasso)
- Fiona Marr (Ted Lasso)
- Demmy Ladipo (Queenie) as Jase
- Lola-Rose Maxwell (Starstruck) as Fiona
Also making appearances throughout the movie is football legend Ian Wright.
The Kitchen has been in development for six years.
The project has been in the works for quite some time. It was first publicly announced back in 2016, taking part in a Sundance Directors Lab scheme, but featured again via ScreenDaily’s 2018 profile on DMC Film. The profile talks about the then-upcoming movie Calm with Horses (a movie 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 to OnePointFour about talking about what we can expect but added that production would be starting in 2018 (that didn’t happen) and that funding could be an issue, especially given the scope of the movie:
Of course, the movie now lands at Netflix courtesy of the director of UK features for Netflix, Fiona Lamptey, who joined Netflix in October 2020.
When will The Kitchen be released on Netflix?
Production on the movie began in late March 2022 and ran through much of 2022. It was filmed in both London and Paris.
According to Kareem Adeshina’s website, the movie was originally set to be released on Netflix in late 2023. However, his LinkedIn profile now confirms a January 2024 release date.
That’s backed up by the BBFC, which states the movie will be released on January 12th, 2024, while we have sources that suggest the movie will drop on January 19th, 2024. This could indicate the film will get a limited theatrical release on January 12th and then land on Netflix a week later on January 19th. Stay tuned.
Netflix did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the release date for The Kitchen.
In October 2023, the movie made its world premiere at the Closing Night Gala for the BFI London Film Festival. Festival Director Kristy Matheson said in a statement about the premiere:
What were the reviews for The Kitchen?
Given its premiere at a film festival, it gave critics a chance to see the movie, and by and large, the reviews were positive.
As of updating in November 2023, the movie holds an 83% on RottenTomatoes.
Leila Latif for IGN said, “With a powerful lead performance from Kane Robinson, a striking aesthetic and witty dialogue, the 98-minute runtime zips by with aplomb and its ending packs an almighty punch.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Maher for the Times wasn’t so keen, giving it two stars out of 5, saying:
I also managed to attend the premiere night, but I wasn’t keen. It’s a visually impressive film that doesn’t get going when it needs to, and despite good enough performances from the leads, it failed to stick the emotional landing it was hoping for.
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