Billy Elliot is a coming-of-age story of Billy, who through his unexpected love of dance, embarks on a journey to self-discovery in the world of picket lines, cultural stereotypes, family crises and a headstrong ballet teacher.
When eleven-year-old Billy stumbles across a local ballet class that comes to share the village hall with his boxing club, something in the magic of the movements captures his imagination. Meanwhile, Billy's father and older brother, both on strike, struggle to put food on the table and finally explode when they discover Billy has been squandering his boxing money on less than manly pursuits.
Billy's ballet teacher eventually persuades him to accept free private training, telling him she wants him to audition for the Ballet School, but when the audition comes Billy is tragically forced to miss it as a result of his brother's scuffle with the police.
Distraught by his family's lack of understanding, Billy unleashes his feelings in a dance meant only for his friend Michael to see, but is caught mid-routine by his father. Rooted to the spot by the power and animation of his son's talent, he solemnly agrees to ensure Billy finally makes it to London for the gruelling audition.
- Type of film
- 35mm Kodak
- Stephen Daldry
- Natascha Wharton, Charles Brand, David M Thompson, Tessa Ross
- John Wilson
- Lee Hall
- Director of Photography
- Brian Tufano BSc
- Mark Holding AMPS
- Stephen Warbeck (Composer)
- Principal Cast
- Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven
- WT2 Company co-ordinator
- Amanda Boyle