Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Stephen Daldry (2000)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Stage director Stephen Daldry made his feature debut with this amiable study of daring to be different in the face of intractable tradition. Comparisons with Brassed Off and Kes come to mind, but the decision to set this story of an 11-year-old north-easterner's bid to become a ballet dancer against the backdrop of the 1984 miners' strike has more emotional resonance than social relevance. It's the heart, not the conscience, that Daldry is keenest to tweak, and he succeeds triumphantly, thanks largely to Jamie Bell's eager performance in the title role (for which he won a Bafta and earned an Oscar nomination), and the marvellous supporting turns from Gary Lewis as Billy's reactionary dad and Julie Walters as his chain-smoking dance instructor.

Summary

A northern youngster is pushed into taking boxing lessons by his macho dad - but secretly enrolls in a ballet class instead, where it soon becomes clear he has a real talent for fancy footwork. However, he faces a tough time convincing his father that dance is a worthwhile pursuit. Comedy drama, starring Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Gary Lewis.

Cast & Crew

Billy Jamie Bell
Mrs Wilkinson Julie Walters
Dad Gary Lewis
Tony Jamie Draven
Grandmother Jean Heywood
George Watson Mike Elliot
Michael Stuart Wells
Billy aged 25 Adam Cooper (2)
Principal Patrick Malahide
Vice-principal Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Director Stephen Daldry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Sep 2000
Drama Comedy