DIVERSE FRESH NEW CAST AT LFF…..
15th October 2019
British director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Suffragette) has teamed up with some awsome women to make her latest movie ‘Rocks’.
Based on a script from award-winning playwright Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, starring fresh new faces that were auditioned in local schools. The film is an honest reflection of how young diverse black, brown and white women express themselves in inner-city areas in London.
The brilliant Bukky Bakray plays Shola, nicknamed ‘Rox’, a teenage girl whose single mother abandons her and younger brother Emmanuel forcing them to fend for themselves. We see her circle of friends rally around to support her and remind us of the power we have when we come together. It’s not all perfect though, the relationships are tested but in the end friendship prevails.
We are so pleased Sarah didn’t tell a story of doom and gloom, instead it’s one of optimism and determination. There is also a big underline girl power message with a vibrant, diverse super confident cast. During the premiere at BFI London Film Festival, the team were joined by family and friends with a strong message of authenticity and togetherness.
Hearing the Director and Producer share how much these young women led the narrative and direction at times is a testament to how important it was that the characters were represented in the most honest way possible. Young women know how young women feel and how they express that. While smart people listen and learn. The young cast were keen to share how the experience has changed and empowered them to value seeing a represenation of all of us on screen.