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Billy Elliot

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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

Production Company

Tiger Aspect Pictures Ltd
Contact: Cass Burnham
5 Soho Square
London W1V 5DE

T 020 7434 0672
F 020 7287 1448


UIP Territories Internationally
Contact: Ron Fogelman
Universal Pictures International
Oxford House
76 Oxford Street
London W1N

T 020 7307 1317
F 020 7307 1302