• Directed by Sarah Gavron
  • Starring Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum
  • UK | 91mins | 2019 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 31m

Empowering and uplifting teenage girl power.

An East London schoolgirl abandoned by her mother struggles to survive in this gritty yet irrepressible ensemble movie.

Rocks (Bukky Bakray) is a teenage girl with big dreams for the future, loyal fun friends and an adoring, though mischievous, little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu). Determined to stick with her brother and avoid being taken into care against all odds, Rocks leaves her home and hides in pockets of East London.

Having proved a crowd-pleasing hit at the BFI London film festival in October 2019, this vibrant, insightful and deeply empathetic drama about teenage girls forging their identities in a potentially hostile world is a gritty realistic, yet also fiercely optimistic film.

Written by up-and-coming Nigerian-British playwright/screenwriter Theresa Ikoko with film and TV writer Claire Wilson, directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Suffragette) and sensitively photographed by Hélène Louvart.

Boasting a terrific ensemble cast that showcases a host of talented newcomers, it’s exactly the film we need right now, pointing the way to a more positive future while looking the perils of the present day squarely in the eye.

A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.