The 67th BFI London Film Festival (4-15 October) in partnership with American Express has announced that this year’s Closing Night Gala, supported by BMW, will be Kibwe Tavares & Daniel Kaluuya’s ‘The Kitchen.’

Starring Kane Robinson, Jedaiah Bannerman, Hope Ikpoku Jr, Teija Kabs, Demmy Ladipo, Cristale & BackRoad Gee, the movie explores themes of community, inequality, family, resilience, defiance, and care in a dystopian London.

The 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 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.

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Directed by British filmmakers Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya. Kaluuya is also a co-screenwriter with Joe Murtagh. The film will receive its World Premiere on Sunday 15 October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ahead of its release into UK cinemas and subsequent launch on Netflix. The Kitchen was made in association with Film4 who also supported the film’s development and is produced by DMC Film and 59% Productions.

The 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 4 October – Sunday 15 October, 2023. The BFI LFF Press Launch will take place on Thursday 31 August 2023.