Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Island Records release the Original Motion Picture soundtrack to girlhood drama 'ROCKS'

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 among others Jorja Smith, Little Simz, Stefflon Don, Mae Muller, Lola Young and Mabel ft. Not3s. Speaking about her involvement in the film Ray Blk says: "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."  

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 Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi 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.
"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.  - Writer Theresa Ikoko on behalf of the ROCKS creative team.
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
A new clip from the film has been released. Watch it HERE 
Island Records release the Original Motion Picture soundtrack to girlhood drama 'ROCKS'
ROCKS - Photo copyright Sarah Gavron (All Rights Reserved)

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 film so spellbinding you'll want to see it again and again."  
Black Ballad  
 "The film is such a rush of vitality. It rocks" 
"An energetic five-star triumph" 
The Guardian  
 ROCKS is released in cinemas on 18 September in the UK and Ireland.   
Follow the film on 
Twitter @RocksTheFilm
Instagram: @rocksfilm

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