Rocks trailer: A group of young friends band together to navigate their girlhood

The recent BAFTA nominations highlighted once again the shocking lack of diversity seen in British film. But why it has to take an outdated award show to point out the obvious is perhaps more worrying. Rocks stands out because it actually reflects modern UK life and the people living in it and has picked up very strong reviews since debuting at TIFF last year. It looks very much in the Ken Loach wheelhouse, but while he has done well to represent the white working class for decades, it's refreshing to see other cultures being given a clear voice on-screen. Watch the trailer for Rocks above.

The film follows teenager Rocks who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel 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. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.

Sarah Gavron directs a story written by Theresa Ikoko with the cast starring Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow and Afi Okaidja.

Rocks arrives in UK cinemas on April 10.

Rocks (2019)
Dir: Sarah Gavron | Cast: Bukky Bakray, D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha Greyson | Writers: Claire Wilson, Theresa Ikoko

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