- Original title
- Running time
- 111 min.
- United Kingdom
Working Title Films / BBC Films / The Arts Council / WT2
Drama. Comedy | Ballet. 1980s. Gay & Lesbian. Dancing
- Synopsis / Plot
- BILLY ELLIOT is the coming-of-age story of a young boy, Billy, who through his unexpected love of dance, embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the world of picket lines, cultural stereotypes, a family in crisis and a headstrong ballet teacher. When eleven-year-old Billy (Jamie Bell) 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, and he's soon ditching his boxing gloves to sneak in at the back of Mrs. Wilkinson's (Julie Walters) lessons. With a sharp eye for talent, Mrs. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential. Rather forgetting the other ballerinas, she's drawn into teaching her raw new protégé.
Meanwhile, Billy's father (Gary Lewis) and older brother Tony (Jamie Draven) both on strike - struggle to put food on the table. Their pent up frustrations finally explode when they discover Billy has been squandering his boxing money on less than manly pursuits. Banned from ballet, troubled by the escalating senile behaviour of his grandma (Jean Heywood), and missing his recently dead Mam more than ever, Billy's relationship, with school friend Michael (Stuart Wells) deepens into a touching friendship, while new pal Debbie, daughter of Mrs. Wilkinson, awakens frightening, but not unpleasant, feelings in Billy. Mrs. Wilkinson eventually persuades Billy to accept private training, for free, telling him she wants him to audition for the Ballet School.
: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Director, Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Original Screenplay
: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Movie - Drama, Supporting Actress (Walters)
: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Actor and Supporting Actress. 13 Nominations
: Nominated for Goya: Best European Movie
: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Nominated for David of Donatello: Best Foreign Language Picture
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Movie
: National Board of Review: Best Actor revelación (Jamie Bell)
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Child Performer (Bell). 2 Nominations
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nom. inc. Best Performance by Cast in a Motion Picture
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 4 Awards including Best Movie. 5 Nominations
2000: Chicago Film Critics Association: 2 Nom., incl. Best Supp. Actress (Walters)
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