British-Nigerian Shola aka 'Rocks' is 15. The teachers at school say she should start thinking about her future, but the present seems to demand all her energy and attention. Her father died and her mother has suddenly left 'to clear her mind'. It's not the first time Rocks and her kid brother Emmanuel have had to get by on their own. Luckily though, Rocks is far from alone: she has her friends.

Rocks is a lively portrait of a group of teenage girls from a variety of backgrounds in East London. Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) surrounded herself with talented female crew members including Hélène Louvart, whose camerawork graced Alice Rohrwacher's Lazzaro Felice, and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, who collaborated intensively with the young leads and used their input for the screenplay. A grim, yet also often joyous, hopeful story about growing up in a metropolis.

Also see Masterclass: Screenwriting Rocks.

Filmmaker
Sarah Gavron
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
English
Producer
Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen
Production Company
Fable Pictures
Sales
Altitude Film Sales
Writer
Claire Wilson, Theresa Ikoko
Cinematography
Hélène Louvart
Editor
Maya Maffioli
Production Design
Alice Normington
Music
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Cast
Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow