Rocks ★★★★

Great, moving film about a teenaged girl whose mother leaves — it’s never stated why, but most likely because of mental health problems — who tries to keep life going normally for herself and her little brother. Inevitably there are problems, with school, with social workers. 

It’s set and filmed in and around d Hackney, so I feel like these could be people I see on the streets, people my kids went to school with. 

Refreshingly, many clichés are avoided: the problems are not about drugs or gangs, or even race. 

A top piece of work.