New drama follows the story of 16-year old Shola "Rocks" (actor Bukky Bakray) who is abandoned by her mother and has to fend for herself and her brother. The film stars lots of fresh new faces, hoping to pursue careers both in front and behind the camera. (Sept. 21)
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THERESA IKOKO: Representation conversation for me is an odd one because it is the only-- is my instinct telling stories of the people that looked like me from where I'm from. So I just think I live next to a gold mine, so why not go?
BUKKY BAKRAY: I think "Rocks" being something that people can really identify with. It's-- it's going to be really empowering for young girls and boys to be able to see themselves on screen. So they can have that film, that beautiful film experience, that the majority have been able to have for such a long time.
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SARAH GAVRON: It was over a long summer holiday, and we were in some East London schools, one mainly, and we-- the teachers were mostly real teachers, and there were a couple of actors in amongst them. And the kids were also drawn from the local community, and a lot of them knew each other, and a lot of them did part of the workshops. And there was a real solidarity amongst everybody, and I think they just thought they were back at school in the holidays. And so, for us, those workshops were hugely important, and also about-- they were about trust, and they were about also becoming a sisterhood so that we can make a film that felt true and that the spirit of it felt captured.
CLAIRE WILSON: As we were casting, we were writing it. So once they got involved, then they became part of the writing team. And then they got on set, and they became the actors, but also you could talk more about what happened on set. But they witnessed a lot of other women working in lots of positions on set that they could aspire to-- to be.
THERESA IKOKO: It's been an amazingly aspirational time for all of us. We've all learned from the lot, from the girls.
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- You all don't understand.
- What's the problem? Talk to me. I don't get it.
- I don't need you to worry for me.
- (SINGING) You're nothing such a beautiful world.
- You have to leave now. Get out. Get out.
- (SINGING) Because nothing can be loved into something.
- There's got to be a way to solve this. You just can't keep going on by yourself.