ROCKS New Auteurs


Talent attending: Theresa Ikoko (Writer)

In east London, teenager Shola is known as “Rocks” after protecting her childhood friend from bullies. Rocks has big dreams, loves makeup and enjoys hanging out with her diverse, all-girl crew after school. One day she returns home from school to discover her life radically altered: her troubled, single mother has disappeared, leaving her responsible for younger brother Emmanuel. Resilient, Rocks takes it in stride. But as money runs out and fears of foster care sink in, she pushes away help from her friends and community.

Emerging from a collaborative process and workshops with female youth, director Sarah Gavon crafts an authentic, compassionate and multi-dimensional portrait of girlhood. ROCKS’s realist style and layered approach delivers one of the most dynamic films from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Platform section. –Sarah Harris

Sarah Gavron is a British director known for the feature films BRICK LANE (2007), which earned her a BAFTA nomination, and SUFFRAGETTE (2015). ROCKS (2019) is her third feature film.

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Country: UK

Year: 2019

Director: Sarah Gavron

Screenwriters: Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

Producers: Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Executive Producers: Natascha Wharton, Julia Oh, Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith, Emma Duffy, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Sarah Gavron, Hannah Farrell

Director of Photography: Helene Louvart

Editor: Maya Maffioli

Production Designer: Alice Normington

Music: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Cast/Featuring: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja, Sarah Niles

Running Time (minutes): 93 min

Language: English