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Billy Elliot (2000)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Lee Hall
Additional Info Nominated for multiple awards including Oscars and won some BAFTAs. The later stage musicals have all cost more to present than the film cost.
Director Stephen Daldry
Starring Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters, Stephen Mangan, Patrick Malahide, Zoë Bell
Elevator Pitch During the 1984 miner’s strike the young son of a striking north-east family is attracted by a ballet class, and shows talent, so is nurtured by the teacher. She suggests that he audition for the Royal Ballet School but this requires the support of his father and to an extent the wider macho society.
Content Scenes in the grim back streets of the Durham colliery town. A lot of ballet, and other sorts of dancing accompanied by pop tunes, particularly T-Rex. A trip to London and scenes of the miners striking and the police response. There is little to cause any offense apart from a few rude words.
A View You could not help but enjoy this “heart-warming” tale which rolls along. I think that the script took a few liberties, the police wore uniforms not riot gear (and were certainly not armed as some have said) and the accents were a bit diverse but it is fun and just for once a film which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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