The Prospect Interview #146: Celebrating London on film
Meet the creative team behind the film Rocks
Film director Sarah Gavron and writer Theresa Ikoko join this week’s Prospect Interview to discuss their new film, Rocks, a celebratory ode to teenage life in today’s London. Rocks follows the story of a teenage girl—nicknamed Rocks—and the fast friendships she develops at school.
The film was made under quite unusual circumstances: casting was done across schools in London, involving nearly 1500 students, before finding the film’s first-time young actors. They then workshopped with the creative team for a year to finalise a script. Sarah and Theresa talk about the creative process of Rocks; writing the lives of today’s teenagers, and what it’s like to release a film during a pandemic.
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