A young teenage girl finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother with no choice but to live out on the streets.

Director:

Sarah Gavron

Writers:

Theresa Ikoko (Story by), Theresa Ikoko | 1 more credit »
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Bukky Bakray ... Shola 'Rocks' Omotoso
Kosar Ali ... Sumaya
D'angelou Osei Kissiedu D'angelou Osei Kissiedu ... Emmanuel Omotoso
Shaneigha-Monik Greyson Shaneigha-Monik Greyson ... Roshé
Ruby Stokes ... Agnes
Tawheda Begum Tawheda Begum ... Khadijah
Afi Okaidja Afi Okaidja ... Yawa
Anastasia Dymitrow Anastasia Dymitrow ... Sabina
Sarah Niles ... Ms. Booker
Layo-Christina Akinlude ... Funke Omotoso
Sharon D. Clarke ... Anita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Islah Abdur-Rahman Islah Abdur-Rahman ... Ismail
Shola Adewusi ... Grandmother Omotoso (voice)
Mohammad Amiri Mohammad Amiri ... Mohammed
Brie-Morgan Appleton Brie-Morgan Appleton ... Natasha
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Shola (Bukky Bakray), or Rocks, as she's known, lives in a London council flat with her younger brother Emmanuel (D'angelou Osei Kissiedu) and their single mother. Mum is busy and stressed, leaving Rocks to spend all her free time with school friends. One day, she comes home to find her life radically altered: she is suddenly on her own with a child to take care of. Gavron could easily have steered Rocks into miserabilism, but delivers instead a surprising portrait of resilience. Rocks is mercurial, impulsive, and deeply sensitive - not unusual for her age, she sometimes makes desperately poor decisions, for what look to her like good reasons. When her closest friend Sumaya (Kosar Ali) tries to help, Rocks doesn't know how to accept it, blinded by Sumaya's two-parent household and relative comfort. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Acted very well and a great story of friendship.
8 November 2020 | by akstandupSee all my reviews

Really enjoyable film that knocks many bigger billed films to the gutter. Brilliantly acted with some incredibly uplifting moments. Btw, Kosar Ali is a star who lights up the screen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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$598,859
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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