In east London, teenager Shola is known as “Rocks” after protecting her childhood friend from bullies. Rocks has big dreams but one day she returns home from school to discover her life is radically altered: her troubled, single mother has disappeared, leaving her responsible for her younger brother.
This film was made in collaboration with writers, producers, directors and young people from the U.K.
Q&A with writer Theresa Ikoko to follow screening.
Theresa Ikoko studied psychology at undergrad and a masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has had a variety of roles in prisons, secure settings and social inclusion/community engagement projects. She now works in gangs and serious youth violence. Theresa’s debut feature film ROCKS, directed by Sarah Gavron, premiered at TIFF to wonderful reviews. She is the winner of the George Devine Award for her debut play GIRLS (Soho Theatre / Talawa / Hightide) – which was also an Alfred Fagon Award winner and a Verity Bargate Finalist. Theresa is under commission with the National Theatre, Royal Court and Bush – and her TV commissions include projects with Clerkenwell/BBC, House, Lookout Point, Studio Lambert/BBC and Mammoth.