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Billy Elliot

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Original title
Billy Elliot
Running time
111 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Lee Hall
Stephen Warbeck
Brian Tufano
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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.
2000: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Director, Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Original Screenplay
2000: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Movie - Drama, Supporting Actress (Walters)
2000: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Actor and Supporting Actress. 13 Nominations
2001: Nominated for Goya: Best European Movie
2000: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2000: Nominated for David of Donatello: Best Foreign Language Picture
2000: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Movie
2000: National Board of Review: Best Actor revelación (Jamie Bell)
2000: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Child Performer (Bell). 2 Nominations
2000: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2000: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2000: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nom. inc. Best Performance by Cast in a Motion Picture
2000: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 4 Awards including Best Movie. 5 Nominations
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom., incl. Best Supporting Actress (Walters)
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