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Billy Elliot

Published January 27, 2010

Billy Elliot

Film info

  • Title Billy Elliot
  • Director Stephen Daldry
  • Year 2000
  • Run time 1hr 50m
  • Genres Drama, Music, Comedy
  • Tagline Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it

With 13 Bafta and 3 Oscar nominations, Billy Elliot is a heartwarming tale of an 11 year old cola miner's son (Jamie Bell) in the North of England who's life is forever changed when he stumbles upon Mrs Wilkinson's (Julie Walters) ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself immersed in ballet, demonstrating a raw talent never seen before and reaching for a dream that changes the lives of everyone he touches.

Live Blog

TimeComment
1:14You know, I never really jumped up and down on my bed. I feel I may have missed an important part of childhood.
7:16They say you have to be light on your feet to box. That would help dancing.
9:40What a really supportive teacher she is!
11:56Uh oh, double denim!
13:25Great late night talking! It’s like sharing a room with Father Jack.
14:05That girl just disappeared! Is this secretly like the Sixth Sense?
15:2550 pence for a lesson? Bargain.
16:25He has to take his bed apart every time he wants to get to the gloves, madness.
18:17It’s a library on a bus. Weird.
20:07Bathrooms are a bit small for ballet, I think.
21:32It will be hard to keep the ballet a secret if he goes about prancing in the street.
25:26What is wrong with ballet, anyway?
31:51Oh gosh, he’s leaving behind quite a mess. There are feathers everywhere.
34:02Do people really speak to teachers like that?
36:17That boy is a very convincing girl.
41:01There can’t be many dances with a football in them, he’d certainly stand out.
44:10That’s gratitude for you, isn’t it? She’s giving up her time and teaching him for free and he shouts at her.
52:47Does no one lock a door at all? He’s been through about four houses and twice as many doors and not found a stumbling block at all.
58:33It’s handy that those work style boots have taps in them, isn’t it? Also… isn’t tap a different discipline to ballet?
1:01:57Argh! No going near pianos with hammers, even if you are cold.
1:06:27There’s no dignity in trying to take off a tutu quickly, whatever sex you are.
1:06:50Now he can Riverdance, too?
1:16:10“What’s it like, like?”
1:18:30Oh my god, it’s the Green Wing doctor playing a doctor!!
1:34:50How heavy can his suitcase be? I thought they were poor.

Thoughts

Mr C has been recommending this film to me for ages, and I never really got round to watching it. With the iPlayer featuring it over Christmas, we sat down to watch it together. I was expecting it to be much like The Full Monty.

It’s a good film. As I mentioned at the start, I was anticipating a Full Monty style film and it is just like that, if a little harder to understand, and a lot more gritty. These people have real problems and dancing is a way out for the boy, rather than stripping being a temporary solution. Also, “What’s it like, like?” is my new favourite saying.

Rating: 4 / 5

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