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DirectorSarah Gavron
WritersTheresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
Running Time1HR 33MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Audio Accessible

A courageous teenage girl must care for her younger brother when their mother abandons them in the spirited British drama Rocks.

Shola (Bukky Bakray), known as Rocks to her friends, lives in a London council flat with her troubled mother and younger brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu). When suddenly left alone to care for Emmanuel, and fearful of being forcefully separated if discovered, Rocks and her brother effectively go on the run, fugitives from grownup authority. With the help of her energetic friends, Rocks begins an odyssey that will forge her resilience and define her life.

Far from being a piece of miserablist filmmaking, Rocks is a supremely entertaining and joyous film that celebrates friendship, endeavour and the spirit of girlhood. Uniquely crafted by a majority female creative team in collaboration with mostly first-time actors from differing cultural backgrounds, Rocks might well be the film that defines a generation.

“The East London-set drama boasts wit, a dynamic cast and a piercing energetic five-star triumph.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Join us at 6.20pm on Mon 21 Sept for a special Reclaim The Frame screening of Rocks. The screening includes a pre-recorded introduction and post screening discussion hosted by Birds’ Eye View director-at-large Mia Bays with Rocks director Sarah Gavron, associate director Anu Henriques and writers Theresa Ikoko & Claire Wilson. This screening will also play without ads or trailers and will start promptly.

Reclaim The Frame is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund. To learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go to

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