Part of SFFILM Festival
British-Nigerian teenager Rocks is a dynamic presence at her high school, doing her classmates’ makeup and initiating food fights in Home Ec class. What her friends don’t know is that she’s contending with an unstable mom who sometimes disappears, leaving the resilient adolescent to parent her younger brother Emmanuel. When circumstances reach a crisis, Rocks must decide whether to keep her troubles to herself or reach out for a helping hand. A year-long development process that involved the actors’ participation in creating the heart-rending story lends undeniable realness to the tale.
“Rocks is as mercurial and complex as any moody teenager can be, veering from hilarity to misery and back again in seconds. There are wrenchingly sad moments in this story, but what’s telling is that the scenes that really stay with us are the ones showing joy and hope: the infectious fun of an Afrobeat dance class at school; the engagement celebration gatecrashed by Rocks, her brother and a pet frog.” –Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
Rocks is Sarah Gavron’s third narrative feature. She made her feature bow with Brick Lane (Festival 2008) and received a BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Her other films include Village at the End of the World (2012), a documentary, and Suffragette (2015), winner of the Mind the Gap audience award at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Director Sarah Gavron
Producer Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen
Writer Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
Editor Maya Maffioli
Cinematographer Hélène Louvart
Music Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Cast Bukky Bakray, D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, Kosar Ali
The Festival Agency