By Gavron SARAH


Drama - Completed 2019

Teenager Rocks fears that she and her little brother 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 resilience, joy and spirit of girlhood.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2019
Busan IFF 2019
World Cinema
American Film Market (AFM) 2019
Rotterdam IFF 2020
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama, Family
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gavron SARAH
    • Writer(s)
    • Theresa IKOKO, Claire WILSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Faye WARD, Ameenah AYUB ALLEN
    • Synopsis
    • 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 female best friends. Rocks’ world is turned upside down when she returns from school to find her mum gone, having left 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. 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.