Certificate: 12A

Starring: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu

Release date: 2020

5 out of 5


A movie about friendship and growing up, Rocks is the story of teenage Londoner Shola (Bakray), and her little brother Emmanuel (Kissiedu). After being abandoned by their mother, Shola – nicknamed Rocks by her mates – is determined to keep her brother with her, even though it leads to the pair hiding from Social Services in B&Bs and on sofas around London with the help of her friends.

Tough, funny, moving and in equal parts entertaining and heart-breaking, this is a terrific film that shines thanks to enjoyable performances from the young ensemble cast and scene-stealing turns from both Bakray and the adorable Kissiedu.

Director Sarah Gavron, and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson workshopped the script with the young cast and the end result is a fresh, natural film that is truly unmissable.

Is Rocks suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Rocks is aimed at older kids and adults and does features some strong language and references to sex.

Some scenes in which the siblings are hiding from Social Services and then taken in by them may upset viewers.

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