Sarah Gavron directed a British coming of age movie Rocks which was released in 2019. Moreover, the movie was aired in the Platform Prize program of Toronto International Festival, 2019. The movie is about a Black British teenager, Olushola, nicknamed Rocks, who lives in London with her troubled single-mom who later abandoned her and her younger brother Emmanuel.
The movie got a lot of positive review from the critics, they appreciated the young artists’ character performance.
“A gem of a movie. Society will probably not find a way to tap this resource. When the class is taught about Picasso and cubism and they make spoof Picasso cut-out images of people’s faces cut from magazines, it is a funny moment, but serious too, because there is a real sense of potential. This film is such a rush of vitality. It rocks,” says the Guardian. The guardians and the Telegraph rated the movie a full five star.
“Rocks is a heartfelt testament to the resilience of teenage girls”, says the Independent and reviewed it with four of five stars.
British International Film Awards (BIFAs)
The award show celebrates the British independent cinema and filmmaking talent in the United Kingdom. BIFA is organised in the annual awards season which is the month of December every year. But due to COVID 19, this ceremony for 2020 took place on 19 February 2021.
The movie Rocks won the five BIFAs including the best-supporting actress for Kosar Ali, best supporting actor for D’Angelo Osei Kissiedu and best casting. Ali also won the award for the most promising newcomer. Besides Rocks, Anthony Hopkins starter movie the Father won the best screenplay and best editing awards.
The night was so huge for the director Sarah Gavron and the producer Faye Ward and Ameenah Ayub Allen as they received a lot of appreciation as well.
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