Director Sarah Gavron and the team from Rocks on the power of female friendship

It’s been five years since we saw a film from award winning director Sarah Gavron.  Her previous offering, Suffragette, opened the London Film Festival in 2015 and in her latest, Rocks, she’s again focusing on a young woman facing difficult choices, but in a story that’s very much of today.

At the centre of the film is Olushola (Bukky Bakray), known to everybody as Rocks, a teenager living with her single mum and helping take care of her little brother, while enjoying the light relief and camaraderie of hanging out with her friends.  It all changes one seemingly ordinary day when she comes home to find a note from her mother.  Everything has changed.  Now the teenager is in sole charge of the little boy and has to make decisions, good and otherwise, to keep them going and, more importantly, keep them together.

Gavron, together with writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, explains to The People’s Movies’ Freda Cooper how they took an unconventional approach to developing the script – one that involved extensive workshops and improvisation – as well as street casting the group of young actresses.  Bakray, together with Kosar Ali who plays Rocks’ closest friend, Sumaya, discuss how they became friends on set, and the importance of female friendship, which is at the heart of the film.  They also recollect how Sarah Gavron had her work cut out keeping the cast under control – especially in one particular scene!

Watch the Official Trailer…

Read our review of Rocks here.

Rocks is released in cinemas on Friday, 18 September.