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  • Tue 29 Sep to Thu 8 Oct
  • 93 minutes
  • Director: Sarah Gavron
  • Cast: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu.


Uniquely crafted by a majority all-female creative team in collaboration with mostly first-time actors from differing cultural backgrounds - Nigerian, Somali, Polish, Bangladeshi, English and Congolese-Ghanaian among them - ROCKS is a film about the joy, resilience and the spirit of girlhood.

Set in East London, ROCKS follows teenager Rocks (Bukky Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life...

“We the ROCKS team are delighted to finally be bringing our special film to UK and Irish cinemas. As a team, we have always felt passionate about the film’s collaborative nature being acknowledged and credited by all who write about it. The film’s story was authored by Theresa Ikoko, a young British Nigerian woman who co-wrote the script with Claire Wilson. In a unique process, our two writers, the young cast and many of the creative team collaborated on the making of ROCKS right from the outset and through to its completion. At a time when it has become unavoidably clearer that creatives of colour have been, and are, so often unacknowledged, this feels even more important now. As you can see from our synopsis for ROCKS, we speak of the collaboration rather than just referring solely to one director’s vision and attribute the way the film was made to that team endeavour. These are elements which we feel must come through in all that is written about the film, to do justice to the unique way it was made and the people who made it. We are grateful for all the support ROCKS has received - thank you for reading this.”  The ROCKS team.

“Utterly unmissable” ★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN

“A film of great empathy and love” - LITTLE WHITE LIES

“The most authentic film about British teens in years” - THE INDEPENDENT

“Brilliant & powerful”  - THE TELEGRAPH

“Raw, raucous & utterly unmissable” - TIME OUT

“Honest & brilliant… A must see” - THE BRITISH BLACK LIST

“Sisterhood at its most powerful” - ELLE

“A film so spellbinding you’ll want to see it again and again” - BLACK BALLAD