ROCKS | Special Presentation | BFI London Film Festival 2019

ROCKS | Special Presentation | BFI London Film Festival 2019


(girls screaming and laughing) – [Girls In Unison] ♪ [singing]♪ (laughing) – ♪ You name it. ♪ (laughing) – It’s really exciting, this film because it was all shot in
London, it’s set in London, it’s made by Londoners – So to bring it
here is just super special. – A two-year process, a long casting and
development script process, working with majority first-time actors, lots of other variables
but it was really joyous and energetic and live and… It’s just so exciting to be finally here. – Because we built it
with the young people, so we found the cast before we
created the, well the writers created the screenplay.
– Yeah – Because we wanted to
create it with them. – We spent like months
and months in schools looking for these girls and
they just kind of rose up. They just like little flowers,
they just found us and they just, we just built
the story around them. So it was amazing to
bring them into our story and then for us all to effect
them, just the whole thing from the beginning was fun. – Well I think they brought to the process so much, I mean, they had, you know they’re
tenacious, they’re energetic, they’re wise, they’re smart… So it was for me, it was
really great to be invigorated. To just have conversations with them. They improvised a lot of the
dialogue so they could own it. I mean, Therese Ikoko
and Claire came up with a very strong narrative
and a wonderful document, script, that they could work from, but they really then made it their own. ♪♪ hip hop music playing ♪♪ (girls chatting and laughing) – The story is so emotional
and in order to execute it, you have to, you have
to show your full self. You have to be vulnerable on camera. I feel like I put 100% on camera. – I will never settle for anything less than being on set with a 100 people who absolutely love each other
and love what they’re doing. Ideally, 75 of them would be women. – I got to watch the film. I watched it like, twice. It was just so moving and
my production team as well the producers who made it. We listened, we watched
the film and then we yeah, just made something based
off of emotion, really. I’m buzzing and I feel like I,
I just love the British-ness and the London-ness of the film, so it’s just good to be here
in London in the centre of it. – We are so grateful for
the Toronto audience, and for the Spanish
audience at San Sebastian. But for me and… – I think for all of us…
– It’s about home. It’s about home.
– This is… This is where Rocks was born
and we’re bringing it home. And we really, really hope
London will particularly like the demographic of women who don’t often see themselves on screen. We really hope they see
themselves on the screen. They see their community,
they see their families, they see their love, their joy, their prosperity and resilience in it. And we really hope that they feel proud and that they feel like
they’re a part of something.

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