Set against the background of the 1984 Miner’s Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family’s set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy’s poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy’s desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother’s opposition to indispensable support. Written by KGF Vissers
|Tagline:||Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.|
|Cast:||Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Charlie Hardwick, Colin MacLachlan, Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven, Janine Birkett, Jean Heywood, Joe Renton, Julie Walters, Nicola Blackwell, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Mangan, Stuart Wells, Tracey Wilkinson, Trevor Fox, Zoë Bell|
|Director:||Stephen Daldry, Zoe Morgan|
|Country:||France, United Kingdom|