Arts & Culture
Island Records to release soundtrack to acclaimed girlhood film drama “Rocks”

By Kieran Hadfield

Island Records are proud to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the acclaimed girlhood drama ROCKS, which opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on September 18th

The 30-track album will feature a brand new Ray Blk song “Warriors”, written specifically for the film, as well as music from Jorja Smith, Little SimzStefflon DonMae MullerLola Young and Mabel ft. Not3s

Speaking about her involvement in the film, Ray Blk said: “Rocks is such an incredible movie that so many people, myself included, can relate to. I love the story of resilience, strength, and friendship and I believe it will resonate with so many young people so I’m really proud to have been a part of this powerful movie.” 

The full track listing is as follows:  

  1. Ray BLK - Warrior 
  2. Duchess - Hurting 
  3. a’B feat Jevon - Darker Times  
  4. Flames Collective feat Rocks Cast -Proud Mary 
  5. Chrissy - Sun Doesn’t Set 
  6. Koffee - Throne 
  7. Stefflon DON - 16 Shots 
  8. Tiana Major 9 - Thinkin About You (Notion Mix) 
  9. Miraa May - Nobody 
  10. Jorja Smith – Blue Lights 
  11. Lola Young - Six Feet Under  
  12. Tora - Below 
  13. Shaybo - Anger 
  14. Darkoo, Ms Banks, Br3yna - Gangsta Remix 
  15. Lost Girl - I Wont Give Up 
  16. RAYE, Maleek Berry, Nana Rogues - Confidence 
  17. Little Simz - Perfect Picture 
  18. P-rallel Greentea Peng - Soulboy 
  19. Mae Muller – A Little Of Your Time 
  20. Celeste feat Gotts Street Park - Lately 
  21. Midas The Jagaban - Come We Bill ehh 
  22. Gaidaa - Falling Higher 
  23. Bry3na, Hamzaa - Sis 
  24. Sharna Bass - Buss A9 
  25. Mabel feat Not3s - Fine Line 
  26. Kali Claire - Seen Me Like This 
  27. Tamera - Flipside 
  28. Tiana Blake - Cut Ties 
  29. Dolapo feat Hardy Caprio - Something New 
  30. J Grrey - For Keeps  

A new clip from the film has been released which can be seen HERE .

Uniquely crafted by a majority all-female creative team in collaboration with mostly first-time actors, ROCKS was written by Theresa Ikoko (winner of the Alfred Fagon award in 2015 for her play Girls) and Claire Wilson (Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London, The Power), and directed by Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) and associate director Anu Henriques.

The lead cast features Bukky BakrayKosar AliShaneigha-Monik GreysonRuby StokesTawheda BegumAnastasia DymitrowAfi Okaidja and D’angelou Osei Kissiedu

This core group of British girls, who all come from differing cultural backgrounds including Nigerian, Somali, Polish, Bangladeshi, English and Congolese-Ghanaian, emerged out of extensive workshops in which they generously shared experiences of friendship, their cultures, social media and school life as part of the filmmaking process. 

The film follows teenager Rocks (Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood. 

Writer Theresa Ikoko said on behalf of the ROCKS creative team:

“I had been working on an idea for a film, a love letter dedicated to my sister and other young black and brown British girls, who are often adultised and seemingly hardened, by society and circumstance. As children, many preserve their families and protect the childhoods of their siblings, while remaining beautifully complex wells of joy and love. 

“When I was asked to be a part of the creative team for ROCKS, to make a film about young people, and importantly, with young people, I soon realised this was the richest and safest soil to plant my story, nurtured by the many women who contributed to ROCKS.” 

The film received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and subsequent UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019, both screenings receiving huge critical acclaim.  

You can follow the film’s social media channels on the links below.

Twitter: @RocksTheFilm 

Instagram: @rocksfilm