An outstanding coming-of-age film led by an impressive cast of young, non-professional actors.
Dir Sarah Gavron
With Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes
Courtesy of Altitude Film Entertainment
Shola ‘Rocks’ is a British-Nigerian teenager, growing up in East London surrounded by a band of fun and loyal friends who enjoy dancing, mucking about and Instagram. When she comes home to find her mum gone and a note asking Rocks to take care of her seven-year-old brother, she realises life’s about to change. With a script crafted by Claire Wilson and award-winning playwright Theresa Ikoko, Rocks was developed through an extensive workshop process with director Sarah Gavron and the female actors, all of whom were discovered through casting sessions at schools. The result is a moving portrait of resilience and girlhood, and one of the most authentic portrayals of contemporary, multi-cultural British youth.
Kimberley Sheehan, Events Programmer
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