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Rocks (15) is a teenage girl with big dreams for the future, loyal fun friends and an adoring, though mischievous, little brother, Emmanuel (7). Rocks enjoys school (as much as any teenager does) and lives a full vibrant life in East London with her team of London-centric best mates. Rocks’ world is turned upside down when she returns from school to find her mum gone, leaving some cash and a note offering little explanation except that she is sorry. 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, and as each day becomes tougher and her secret harder to hide, Rocks starts to push away those who love her and her friendship group begins to fracture. When the authorities finally catch up with her, there is really only one source of support for her to turn to: her friends. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2019 - Platform - World premiere
Official Selection San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019 - European premiere
Official Selection Busan International Film Festival 2019 - Asian premiere
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2019 - Special Presentation


Type of film
Running Time
93 min
Sarah Gavron
Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen
Executive Producer
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
Maya Maffioli
Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
Director of Photography
Hélène Louvart
Principal Cast
Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja, Sarah Niles

Production status


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Last updated 23rd September 2019

Production Company

A Fable Pictures (UK), BFI (UK), Film4 (UK), The Wellcome Trust (UK) production in association with Head Gear Films (UK), Kreo Films (AE), Metrol Technology (UK)

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