Teenage Shola, Rocks to her classmates, battles to care for herself and her younger brother after they are abandoned by their single mother. Director Sarah Gavron and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson forsake the usual hierarchies of the film-making process and empower their cast to tell their story in their own words and way. A joyous but gritty portrait of young friendship in inner-city London.
“Teeming with an infectious effervescence, the adolescent coming-of-age drama ‘Rocks’ differentiates itself from other recent explorations of modern girlhood set amid immigrant communities.” Carlos Aguilar, LA Times
“It’s the finest film yet from director Sarah Gavron, whose camera no longer hovers politely here, like an earnest tourist, but gets fully stuck in. A gorgeous movie packed with hope and powered by street cred, Rocks rocks.” Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro Newspaper